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VC-Awardee William Apiata and RSA National President BJ Clark Laying a wreath at Passchendaele

We will remember them.

Then, Now and Always.

Remembrance acknowledges the personal courage and sacrifice of those who are engaged in military and police service by activities designed to highlight and honour their commitment.

RSA works with all branches of government and communities, to ensure remembrance covers all service and conflicts.

Why do we remember service?

The rigours of service today are no different to previous conflicts, and remembering those who serve is a reminder that peace, stability and safeguarding our country's values and interest come with personal sacrifice.

How do we remember?

The Poppy Appeal, ANZAC and Armistice days are activities of national remembrance that acknowledges the men and women who have served, been injured and died in service to their country.

The RSA movement and those affiliated with us are deeply involved in many other events and commemorations – find out more about our events.

All Donations go to supporting returned and service personnel, and their families.

We remember those who did not return by supporting those still with us.

National Graves Project

Through trial and error, a small team learned how to clean a wide range of service headstones, plaques and memorials. They also learned more about their local military history and were able to share this with others in the community through public rededication services, cemetery tours and social media updates. 

Their mission is to have every military grave in NZ cleaned and restored by 2020.

The National Graves Project aims to see volunteers transforming cemetery sites all over New Zealand. We hope this practical guide will inspire you and others to get stuck in. To get involved with a group from your community go to NZ Remembrance Army.


      Restoration Guide      


Grave Cleaning and Restoration

We hope this practical guide will inspire you and others to get stuck in. To get involved with a group from your community go to NZ Remembrance Army.


Children laying poppies at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior with their father
Anzac Day is a national day of commemoration observed on 25 April each year. It commemorates those who died serving New Zealand during war while honouring returned and current servicemen and women, past and present.
Cataflaque guard at memorial
Anzac Day is observed with remembrance services till 1pm, followed by a relaxed holiday afternoon.
RSA volunteers exchange distinctive red poppies for a donation to the RSA Poppy Day appeal in support of our current and ex-service personnel, including the NZ Police, and their families.
Woman giving donation to sailor collecting for Poppy Day
The annual Poppy Appeal is the primary source of funds for the RSA’s extensive provision of support services to the service community.