‘Remembrance’ is the theme of this, the third stamp release in New Zealand Post’s ANZAC Series. It’s a reminder to us all to honour the courage, tenacity and loyalty of those who have fought for freedom on the other side of the world.
50c – Anzac Day
On 25 April every year, New Zealanders and Australians around the world gather to remember and honour those who have died serving their country, and those servicemen and women who have returned. Army representatives at these important occasions wear ‘lemon squeezer’ hats, which were adopted in World War I and worn by New Zealand troops until 1962.
50c – Gallipoli veterans marching, Anzac Day 1958
Many Anzac Day commemorations include a march to local war memorials by returned and ex-service personnel, together with members of the armed forces, cadets, youth organisations and massed bands. For the medal-wearing veterans, the act of marching is especially significant, as it rekindles the memories of marches and esprit de corps of their service years.
$1.00 – Posthumous VC award ceremony for Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngärimu, Ruatoria 1943
The stories of war include stories of heroes – people whose courage in the most dangerous of circumstances leaves a legacy that lasts forever. Awards such as the Victoria Cross recognise this bravery, and those awarded posthumously, such as that to Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngärimu in 1943 (the first Mäori to be awarded the Victoria Cross), remain symbols of remembrance for their families, their comrades and the countries for which they fought.
$1.80 – Nurses place wreath in Cairo Cemetery, Anzac Day 1940
Anzac Day commemorations are not confined to Australia and New Zealand. Services are also held around the world, providing opportunities for armed services and civilians to remember the courage and commitment of their compatriots, families and friends. These commemorations typically include a dawn service, followed later by a citizens’ service, speeches and the laying of wreaths.
$2.30 – ANZAC War Memorial, Port Said, Egypt 1932
Almost every township in New Zealand has a war memorial – a tribute to the men and women who’ve died in the world’s wars, and a focal point for communities in their Anzac Day commemorations. New Zealand’s military efforts have also been recognised around the world, such as in the ANZAC War Memorial at Port Said in Egypt, which was unveiled in 1932.
$2.80 – Sangro War Cemetery, Italy 2004
Visit Sangro War Cemetery, in the province of Chieti, Italy, and you’ll find the graves of more than 2,600 soldiers from the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth, who died during World War II. In the intervening years, many New Zealanders have visited the Cemetery and the graves of the 355 New Zealanders who rest there – to lay poppies, attend memorial services or simply spend time in quiet reflection.