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By Edward Gay

Thousands of Aucklanders braved the wind and the rain at Auckland's War Memorial Museum this morning to commemorate 94 years since the landings at Gallipoli.

Among those that marched on to the parade ground at the cenotaph was Noreen Henare who clung to a photograph of her father, Tamati Henare of Ngapuhi, who fought at the battle of Casino in the 28th Maori Battalion.

Ms Henare was emotional as the crowd clapped the veterans off the parade ground at the conclusion of the ceremony. One woman in the crowd yelled out "Thank You".

Ms Henare said it has been 12 years now, since her father had died. "Now I don't cry. "It's not sad but now it's the memories that are laid to rest. He knows he's got his grand children and great grandchildren, they all know who he was," Ms Henare said.

She said she had invited some of them to stand on the parade ground with her and the photograph of Mr Henare in front of the Pyramids at Egypt but they had felt more comfortable with her doing it.

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