A forgotten anniversary

Empire Day (24 May), was celebrated widely in New Zealand from 1903 and was a major event in the Vice-regal calendar.

The Message of the Flag

Our Union Jack, on Empire Day
Floats proudly in the breeze;
Not here alone, but far away
In lands across the seas.
Wherever British children dwell
Or British folk may be,
On Empire Day our flag shall tell
That we are Britons free...
'Tis thus it speaks, our Union Jack
Its message from the mast
To follow in the noble track
Of heroes in the past

New Zealand School Journal, Part III, June 1922

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How to cite this page: 'Empire Day', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/empire-day, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Dec-2012