At 11am on 11 November this year, Aotearoa New Zealand will mark the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. On that day 100 years ago, after four years of brutal conflict, war finally gave way to peace.
The Government has announced plans for a series of public events at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on 11 November 2018 to commemorate the centenary. A National Ceremony will be held at Pukeahu beginning at 10.30am. Later in the day, New Zealand Defence Force will conduct a Sunset Ceremony which will include the final daily Last Post Ceremony of the First World War Centenary.
Both the National Ceremony and the Sunset Ceremony will be live-streamed.
The Ceremony will remember the service and sacrifices endured by those who fought, and those who stayed behind. It will also look to celebrate peace, and recapture the jubilation and hopefulness that would have swept many parts of the world at that time.