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Beating of the Retreat Ceremony


Fri 25 Apr 2014, 4:30pm–5:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: tepapaevents

Conclude your Anzac Day with the 7th Battalion Band as they perform the historic Beating of the Retreat ceremony. They are supported by Wellington Company (formerly Bravo Company), 5/7 Battalion, New Zealand Defence Force.

The performance involves drill presentations, the firing of volleys, and the lowering the New Zealand flag to mark the close of proceedings on this important commemoration.

The Beating of the Retreat dates back to the 1500s, when it conveyed the signal for an army on the battlefield to retire to the rear. This was followed by the lowering of the battle flags at sunset, signifying the end of a soldier’s working day.

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