Sunday, 8 March 2009

Belgium delegation arrived in Auckland

The Belgium delegation from Zonnebeke arrived on Sunday 8/3/2009 in Auckland. Maria Vander Meiren, chairperson of the community council in Zonnebeke and her husband, accompanied by Alderman Sabine Vanderhaeghen are since Sunday in Auckland. From Auckland they will start a tour on the Northern Island in New Zealand, visiting Waiouru, Featherston and Wellington, before attending the official opening of the exhibition on 12/03/2009 in the Hall of Memories in Wellington. Jo Kane, chairperson of the Waimakariri trust will guide them during this trip. Franky Bostyn, curator of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele and Gunter Pertry, Deputy Governor of West Flanders are also part of this delegation.
The purpose of this tour is to visit the venues of the exhibitions. They will also bring honour to the men who came more then 90 years ago to Belgium. There will be some remembrance ceremonies in the different places.
H. E. Frank Carruet, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, will join the delegation in Wellington and H.E. Carruet will officially open the exhibition on 12/03/2009.