Across the Tasman Sea in both Australia and New Zealand wreaths were laid at a dawn service to commemorate ANZAC Day.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern thanked both men and women who had served the country:
"Across the generations war has taken a grievous toll for both what it is, and for what it leaves behind."
In Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison also marked the sacrifices of all troops in conflict.
Anzac Day commemorates the bloody battle on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey during World War One.
Thousands of troops from both countries were among a larger Allied force that landed on the narrow beaches of the Gallipoli peninsula in a campaign that claimed more than 130,000 lives.
This year's anniversary saw a return for some public festivities after the global health crisis cancelled many traditional events last year and kept people from gathering to commemorate.
Although ceremonies were canceled in some cities this year in Sydney thousands of people lined the streets and waved Australian flags, as veterans saluted and marched in the annual parade.