The fallen were not forgotten in North Canterbury on Anzac Day.

Residents in lockdown made poppies and placed them in paddocks, lawns, along fences, and up poles.

At 6am on Saturday, many stood at the end of their driveways to remember, while The Last Post and Reveille broke the silence across the region.

White pigeons were released in Rangiora and red balloons took to the sky over Amberley.

For four veterans at the Amberley Rest Home and Retirement Studios, a gathering outside the home at 10.30am provided them with a chance to reflect.

Lest we Forget . . . War veterans, clockwise from rear left, Desmond Earl, aged 89, John Stopford, 94, Wally Heaven, 96, and Allan Ramsay, 96, at the Amberley Rest Home and Retirement Studios during an Anzac Day service outside the home. Photo: Supplied

For 94-year-old John Stopford, it was a day on which he could remember his military service in the British Navy and Army.

“I have taken the day as my personal day of remembrance for people in the Army, Navy, and Airforce, who didn’t come home.”

Kaiapoi RSA president Neill Price flew a New Zealand flag and an RSA flag in front of his house and placed white crosses on his front lawn.

“I understand there were quite a few displays in people’s front gardens and on their fences and people stood at 6am at their front doors and at the end of their driveways.

“Despite the restrictions, it went pretty well.”

Salvation Army band major Bill Peck performed the role of The Last Post and Reveille at 14 locations around Waimakariri district between 6am and 7pm.

Rangiora RSA president Ian Thompson laid wreaths at the Woodend and Rangiora war memorials.

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