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9 Sep 2015 – 11 Nov 2018
Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony will be conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington.
In a very special and symbolic gesture, the Last Post will ring out from Pukeahu National War Memorial Park every evening until the November 11 2018 - the end date of the First World War.
The Last Post is a bugle call with two purposes. The first is an implied summoning of the spirits of the fallen to the Cenotaph, the second symbolically ends the day.
Similar daily ceremonies have been conducted at the Menin Gate in Belgium and at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris since the 1920s, and a daily ceremony is also conducted at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
The ceremony will last approximately seven minutes and include the lowering of the two New Zealand flags at the National War Memorial, the playing of the Last Post, the observation of one minute’s silence and the recitation of the Ode of Remembrance in both te reo Māori and English.
Any person can be a part of this daily remembrance and members of the public are welcome to lay floral tributes at the end of the ceremony. The roles of the bugler and the Ode Reciters are open to anyone who wants to be involved. If you would like to play the Last Post at the ceremony or recite the Ode, you can register online.
The daily Last Post ceremonies are part of the First World War centenary programme and conducted by the New Zealand Defence Force, in partnership with the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
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