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.
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.
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.
First World War resources
- Heritage: Wars and conflicts
- New Zealanders in the First World War – A guide to information about the men and women who served in the New Zealand armed forces during World War I.
- Doves and Defences – A Flickr photoset of images discovering Christchurch in peace and conflict, collated for Heritage Week 2009.
- Watch footage: Parisians celebrate Armistice Day 1918 on Access Video