Topic: ANZAC

Millions commemorate Anzac Day

By Taroi Black

Millions from around the world commemorated Anzac Day to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli.

Today also marks 101 years since the end of World War I.

This was also a special day for the Royal New Zealand Navy as it celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

The Auckland War Memorial Museum lit the sky up in red.

A majestic symbol for families and returned service personnel who wanted to honour their loved ones and fallen comrades.

In the capital, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior was covered in poppies.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force also welcomed everyone to the service including Prime Minister John Key and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae.

Sunshine greeted the Hawke's Bay dawn service while in Dunedin, there was emotion and unity for those who fought and died. 

In Australia, Anzac Day commemorations were interrupted.

A 16-year old male was arrested and charged with planning a terrorist attack allegedly linked to Anzac commemorations.

In other parts of the world, extra security was also brought in during the Gallipoli commemorations, including snipers, x-ray machines, more guards and barriers.

Today also marks 100 years since the Battle of Somme where around 3000 New Zealanders fought and died, the same number of casualties in the New Zealand Land Wars. 

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