Aspects of Civic Religion – ANZAC Day 2015

Documentation of the the public ritual marking 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli.

There always feels like a sharp delineation at dawn services between the civil aspect, drawn  from a combination of military tradition and the final impulses of the western desire to recapture classical grandeur and the Christian aspect culled directly from church services.

Participants gather:
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During the service:P1140035 P1140036 P1140037

The crowd dissipates:

Organisation and media:


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Wreaths and offerings:
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The programme:Anzac 1 Anzac 2 Anzac 3 Anzac 4

Unmentioned in the program but taking a similar amount of time to other parts of the service, was a poem read and composed by a local teacher commemorating the horses who served in the first world war.

Dunedin 2015.

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