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ANZAC DAY OCCURS ON 25th APRIL, and commemorates all New Zealanders and Australians killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915. The aim was to capture the Dardanelles, the gateway to the Bosphorus and the Black Sea. At the end of the campaign, Gallipoli was still held by its Turkish defenders.

Thousands lost their lives on Gallipoli: 87,000 Turks, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire, including 8,500 Australians. Among the dead were 2721 New Zealanders, almost one in four of those who served on Gallipoli.

The nursery will be closed on Friday, 25th April, in memory of those who have fallen.


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