Anzac Day 2020 | #StandAtDawn

This year, Anzac Day will be like no other. Let’s all #StandAtDawn — apart, but together as one.

With traditional Anzac Day services cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NZDF along with the RNZRSA are encouraging everyone to take part in a unique Dawn Service – standing together as a nation, while standing alongside those in their bubble, at dawn on Anzac Day.

The ‘Stand at Dawn’ campaign calls for New Zealanders, wherever they are in the world, to stand at their letterbox, front door, or balcony with others from their home at 6am on April 25, in order to take a moment to remember the sacrifice of others in service of our country.

This sign of uniting in such difficult times will be supported by other activities, both online and at home, aimed at creating a cohesive and supportive platform for communities to come together – albeit virtually and symbolically.

Along with standing at dawn to observe a minute’s silence, recordings of The Ode of Remembrance, the national anthems, and a bugler playing The Last Post/Reveille will be made available.

This Anzac Day will be like no other but the significance of the day will not be lost just because we cannot do things the way we have always done them.

How to get involved

There are many ways you and your family can get involved and share your virtual Anzac Day with us.

  • Complete the children’s activity sheet or colouring in
  • Decorate your letterbox or house with poppies 
  • Create a poppy wreath
  • Make Anzac biscuits
  • Stand at Dawn on Saturday, 25 April. More details here:

View the available resources here and visit the RSA National website:

The history

On the morning of 25th April 1915, our Anzac troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula armed and ready to fight for the place them and many others called home. It’s from this act of pure selflessness and dedication to their homes, that each year we commemorate them for the sole purpose of remembering and acknowledging this utmost act of bravery.

Visit the NZHistory website for a comprehensive online collection of World War One material. You can also discover more stories about the war on WW100’s website.

Useful links:

Statistical information about New Zealand casualties in overseas wars is here (

Share with us

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This page was last reviewed on 15 April 2020.