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World War I memorials

'For King and Country: Our soldiers who have fallen in action or died from wounds'
'For King and Country: Our soldiers who have fallen in action or died from wounds' 1917, Published by the Otago Witness, 7 November 1917, courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand (NP-1645-37).

During World War I, New Zealand communities honoured their war dead in various ways, as in this newspaper spread.

After the war, many communities built memorials, where people could publicly express their sorrow at the lives lost – and their pride in New Zealanders' efforts. The memorials became the focal points of Anzac Day, which commemorated the landing at Gallipoli, Turkey, on 25 April 1915. Anzac Day was first observed in 1916 and became a public holiday in 1922.

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