25 April 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli, a time for us to remember the sacrifices made by former Wellington residents during the First World War.
To ensure this anniversary receives special commemoration, Wellington City Council has organised a street parade starting at 12,30pm on Friday, 24 April.
Veterans and their descendants will be joined by uniformed military personnel, marching to the sounds of military and school pipe bands along Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Wakefield Street.
Onlookers can also feast their eyes on vintage First World War vehicles, borrowed from Sir Peter Jackson’s personal collection, including an original American Field Service ambulance and two horse-drawn carriages pulling limbers and lightweight cannons.
The street parade will draw to a close on Taranaki Street, where two Howitzer cannons and two British First World War tanks will provide insight into the scenes of a battlefield. At the newly opened Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, the parade will be met by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and 150 regional finalists from the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition.
And, if Wellington pulls a fine day out of the bag, original First World War aircraft will treat the capital to a historic fly-past, so keep those eyes to the sky!
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