Armistice Day – 11 November

Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the agreement that ended the First World War (1914 – 1918) and commemorates the sacrifice of those who died serving New Zealand in this and all wars and armed conflicts. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front in 1918, with the signing of the Armistice.

Returned soldiers pass through Cathedral Square, Christchurch 1917
Returned soldiers pass through Cathedral Square, Christchurch. [1917] CCL PhotoCD 3, IMG0051

Armistice Day resources

Armistice Day in New Zealand
Information from New Zealand History Online.

Armistice Day and its history
Information from the RSA site.

Commemorations

Wreath–laying ceremonies mark Armistice Day at the National War Memorial in Wellington and at many local war memorials throughout New Zealand. Two minutes silence is observed at 11am on 11 November in memory of those who died while serving their country.

Memorials

Christchurch war memorials honour local veterans.

The Bridge of Remembrance was opened on Armistice Day, 11 November 1924, and was dedicated to the memory of those who took part in World War I. Further plaques were added to commemorate the battlefields of World War II.

2006 saw the the dedication of the New Zealand Memorial in London’s Hyde Park Corner. The memorial commemorates the enduring bonds between New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and shared sacrifice during times of war.

New Zealand Memorial

First World War resources

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