Ceremony of remembrance

A programme for a ceremony of remembrance at dawn on Anzac Day helps us to think about the traditions we observe on this day every year, and those that have changed.

Ceremony of Remembrance at Dawn, Anzac Day, 1940, by B. E. Pike.(external link)

Ceremony of Remembrance at Dawn, Anzac Day, 1940, by B. E. Pike. Alexander Turnbull Library. Eph-B-ANZAC-1940-01-cover.


This image is the cover of a programme of events for Anzac Day in 1940.

Every year, on 25 April and also on 11 November, we commemorate those who have served in wars, especially those who have died or suffered as a result of their service. To do this, we follow ceremonies and traditions, which in some cases have been used for many years. There are other types of events that many of us also commemorate with our own traditions – whānau events, such as births and weddings, or national events, such as Waitangi Day.

Key questions

  • What can we observe?
  • What do we already know?
  • How might people view these events in different ways?

Possible discussion questions

  • What symbols in this image do you recognise?
  • What is the purpose of the image?
  • Why might Anzac Day commemorations have been particularly poignant at the time this programme was published?
  • Do you have any Anzac Day traditions?
  • What are some other things that you and your family or community commemorate? How?
  • What are some other events that we commemorate annually? Why?
  • How do we as a community or a family decide what to commemorate and how? Do you think this is a good process?
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