Every year in our community we have some wonderful services, one of the more memorable ones recently was on 25 April, ANZAC Day.

This is a day when Australia and New Zealand commemorates members of the Australian and NZ Army Corps (ANZACs) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during the 1st World War, altough of recent years it has become a tribute to all those who have died during times of war – and a plea for peace.

This year, Mary decorated a stunning cross at the back of the church with red poppies. The poppies are the symbol of the wildflowers which bloom each year in the cemeteries of Gallipoli.

ANZAC cross

Front of church for ANZAC Day, 2008

2 Responses to “ANZAC Day”

  1. jacqui Says:

    I love the ANZAC Day service.

    It’s a very poignant reminder that many have lost their lives so that we can live the ‘good life’ we have here in NZ.

    It’s also an opportunity to pray for peace, here in Russell, in NZ and worldwide.

  2. john russell Says:

    I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the commemoration parade, church service and luncheon activities, and proud of the Christchurch involvement.

    As as an Australian, it felt good to celebrate a part of our shared history.

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