Large crowds expected for centenary services of Armistice Day

Large crowds are expected at Armistice Day services across the country this morning.

Today marks 100 years since the signing of the Armistice that brought an end to World War I.

A dawn service was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

The Remembrance Wreath was carried by members of the defence force and was laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Medals were also placed on the tomb, followed by a waiata.

Christchurch's Cramner Square has been covered with thousands of crosses to remember those who died in the First World War.

A number of events are being held around Canterbury to mark the day, including a parade at Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance starting at 10:55am.

The National Armistice Ceremony will be held at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park starting at 10.30am.

It will be attended by the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

In Auckland, a remembrance service starts at 10.30am and will include a fly-past by three World War I aircraft.

Both services will also include a two-minute silence at 11am, which will be followed by a cacophony of sound to replicate how the public responded to news of the Armistice in 1918.

The Royal Regiment of the New Zealand Artillery will fire a 100 gun salute from Wellington's waterfront near Te Papa at about 10:50am.

The guns will fall silent at 11am as they did 100 years ago.

The commemoration will finish at 5.30pm with a Sunset Ceremony at Pukeahu Park.

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The Wairarapa town of Featherston will pay tribute tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS


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