Anzac services across the country are being held today, marking 101 years since our troops landed at Gallipoli.
The Auckland War Memorial Museum was cloaked in red light early this morning as thousands turned out to the dawn service.
This year the ANZAC's looked back at the first commemorations in Auckland where WW1 soldiers at that time, including 300 returned servicemen from Gallipoli marched from Queen St to the Auckland Town Hall.
This year in particular is 100 years since the battle of Somme and military historian Dr Stephen Clarke says initiatives like Fields of Remembrance are key initiatives to keeping people more engaged in ANZAC commemorations.
Thousands also attended Wellington's Pukeahu National War Memorial Anzac Day services this morning. John Key attended the service and Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae shared some words.