Friday, 2 October 2009

North Shore locals invited to march

A powerful street parade, to honour New Zealanders who fought bravely on the Western Front during WWI, will be held in North Shore City this October - and civilians with ties to the battles are invited to take part.

The March Past and Review, from 11am on Saturday 10 October, is part of a series of commemorative events in North Shore City during October to remember the 92nd Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Locals with ancestors who fought in WWI, and members of the RSA and local Belgian community, are encouraged to be part of the parade – which will make its way up Lake Road in Takapuna, to The Strand.

It will be lead by the New Zealand Army, with contingents from the Navy and Air Force also involved, plus Tri-Service Cadets. Music will be performed by the Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery and Auckland and District Pipe Band.

North Shore City Council Democracy Services Manager, Beverley Rogers says there have been a number of enquiries from civilians wanting to get involved.

“I think the phone calls we’ve received are indicative of a wider community interest in this significant event, so we want to make it known that those who have a connection to the battles are welcome to be involved.

“It has been said that, bearing in mind the size of New Zealand’s population at the time, hardly a family was untouched by the tragedies of WWI.

“I think it will mean a lot to people that they are given an opportunity to honour their forefathers in this way,” she says.

Civilians wishing to take part in the parade should report to Sanders Avenue at 10.30am on October 10. Official awards and medals may be worn by recipients on the left breast or by next of kin of deceased former service personnel on the right breast.

Laying of personal floral tributes is also welcomed.

Further questions can be directed to Actionline on 09 486 8600.

ENDS

Contact:
Lieutenant Jeremy Seed, New Zealand Defence Force, 021 0233 2663

Olivia Starrenburg, North Shore City Council Marketing and Communications Advisor, Olivia.starrenburg@northshorecity.govt.nz or 486 8600 ext 8749 or 027 241 3165

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