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Sound: Anzac Day dawn service

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Hear the 1956 dawn service at St Faith's Church, Ōhinemutu, Rotorua. It includes prayers and hymns sung in Māori and English.


Voice 1: As the dawn of another Anzac Day approaches, we gather here at the obelisk at St Faith's Church, Ōhinemutu, to pay tribute to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in the Boer War, the Great War and in the more recent world conflicts.

Voice 2: After the last few lines of the dedication, we'll ask everyone present to repeat those memorable words, 'We will remember them.'

Anzac dedication: At this hour, upon this day, Anzac received its baptism of fire and became one of the immortal names in history. We who are gathered here, 41 years after, and upon this hallowed ground, think of the comrades who went out with us into the battlefields of past wars but did not return. We feel them still near us in the spirit. We wish to be worthy of a great sacrifice. Let us therefore once more dedicate ourselves to the service of the ideals for which they died, that we may attain the heavenly mandate of peace on earth and goodwill toward men. As the dawn is now about to pierce the night, so let their memory inspire us to work for the coming of the new light into the dark places of the world. We will remember them.

Crowd: We will remember them.



Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision – Radio New Zealand collection. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision. Reference number D619.1.

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