Thousands of Western Bay of Plenty residents will gather at dawn services throughout the region today to honour and remember Anzac troops.
Returned Services Associations will host services in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Te Puke, Katikati and Waihi, at 6am, followed by mid-morning services, with the exception of Te Puke, to commemorate 97 years since Australia and New Zealand troops landed in Gallipoli.
In the lead up to Anzac Day SunLive’s Tracy Hardy met with veterans at the Tauranga RSA to find out what Anzac Day means to them.
She speaks to soldiers from WWII to Korea, Malaya to Vietnam to get an insight into what it was like on or near the frontline.
Anzac Day Services:
Mount Maunganui: Services at the Mount Drury cenotaph at 6am and 9.30am.
Tauranga: Services at the Tauranga clubroom at 6am, civic service in Memorial Park at 9am and at Pyes Pa cemetery at 10.30am.
Te Puke: Service at Memorial Hall at 10.30am, with veterans marching from the post office at 10.10am.
Katikati: Service at clubrooms at 6am, then at the Memorial Hall at 11am.
Waihi Beach: Service at clubrooms at 6am then 9.30am.