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A different kind of Anzac Day

A different kind of Anzac Day

Anzac Day 2020 will go down in history as a time when we all united to keep a different kind of enemy at bay. To mark the occasion, Arvida communities have produced beautiful works of Anzac art - like the gorgeous knitted poppies in the image above. We have poppies in our gardens, on our walls, on our clothing and in our hearts.

For Anzac Day on Saturday 25 April, all Arvida communities will give residents the chance to participate in an online service. These are being held all over New Zealand.

How to #StandAtDawn from 5.50am on Saturday 25 April:

Tune in to RNZ National on 101 FM, streaming live on the website rnz.co.nz/national, on your phone or mobile device (download the app here) or find your local radio frequency here: rnz.co.nz/listen/amfm.

You can also follow the live blog on rnz.co.nz or visit standatdawn.com for additional Information.

Here’s a touching piece of writing produced by Kylie, wellness leader at Arvida’s Park Lane community. It reflects on the sacrifices that have been made, and still being made, by New Zealanders working in the defence forces.

This week is the time to remember and give thanks for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice; those who have hung up the uniform, but are still fighting the battles within themselves; and those who continue to serve this country.

I served in both the Royal New Zealand Air Force and New Zealand Army. While in the NZ Army, I was a chef and combat medic. This presented me with many amazing challenges that have shaped the way I am today. I was also privileged to spend four years with the NZ SAS. Along the way, I unfortunately lost five incredible friends, comrades and, ultimately, family members. They were tragically lost in Afghanistan during August 2012, while serving for New Zealand.

ANZAC Day provides me with a platform to not only educate my family on the struggles of WW1, WW2, Vietnam, East Timor and Bosnia, but to make sure the lives of my friends are not forgotten; that their memory lives on.

I work with a charity called No Duff, who provide immediate support to veterans who are struggling. We do a walk called Weight On My Shoulders every year in memory of those lost and to raise funds for the children and families left behind.

Anzac Day for me is a time to be proud of our soldiers who have gone before us, to reflect on the many happy memories I have of those who no longer walk with us, and to give thanks to those who continue to stand for us, both here and abroad.

Keep up the amazing work you are all doing, with keeping in your bubbles and handling this trying time with so much strength.

Kia kaha – stay strong.