You are warmly invited to join us at 11:00 am on Sunday at the Log Cabin in the Presidio (San Francisco) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War, that cost 2779 New Zealanders their lives. A no host BBQ and drinks will follow, or bring a family picnic and play traditional down under games while relaxing on the grass fields.
ANZAC day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915; their aim was to capture the Dardanelles.
Public perceptions of the landings evoked national pride. The eventual failure of the Gallipoli operation enhanced its sanctity for many; there may have been no military victory, but there was victory of the spirit as New Zealand soldiers showed courage in the face of adversity and sacrifice.
Anzac Day enjoys unusual reverence in a country where emotional public rituals are otherwise absent. The day still has a traditional commemorative function, but for more people it is also becoming an opportunity to talk about what it may mean to be a New Zealander.
New Zealand Poppy Day - The Returned Soldiers’ Association planned to hold its first Poppy Day appeal around the time of Armistice Day 1921 as other countries were doing. The ship carrying the poppies from France arrived in New Zealand too late for the scheme to be properly publicised.
The association decided to wait until the next Anzac Day, 1922. Entrance: The Birth of NZ Poppy Day . The poppy holds significance today as a symbol of regeneration and growth in a landscape of blood and destruction.
Please join us on this very special day. Visit www.sfkiwis.com if you wish to purchase BBQ tickets and keep an eye on our FaceBook page.