Thursday, 30 April 2009

Dawn Service on Buttes New Cemetery

Carleen Ebbs sang Po atarau at the Dawn Service without the sound system – she filled Buttes with her absolutely beautiful and incredibly powerful voice and had all the Kiwis there in tears. At Messines she sang the National Anthem in English and Maori, again without a sound system, and reduced the entire place to tears. At the Menin Gate she sang Abide With Me.
She came for free from London to perform. We are very grateful that she was here. Her parents came especially from New Zealand to be with her on the battlefield during this first Dawn Service.

Overview of the people attending the first Dawn Service in Belgium on Buttes New Cemetery.
Some 350 people attend the Service.
Governor Paul Breyne opened the exhibition in the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 after the Dawn Service. On this picture you see the Governor reading his speech with Alderman Franky Bryon and ceramic artist Helen Pollock on his side.

This is the guard of honour on Tyne Cot Cemetery for the ANZAC commemoration service at 10.00 am.

and the first VIP row during the commemoration service

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