Thursday, 26 April 2012

New Zealand Veterans Band Tour

It was early day for the Veterans Band group to visit the former Battlefield of Passchendaele
with 's Graventafel, Belle Vue Spur, Tyne Cot Cemetery,
The German Cemetery Langemark and Essex Farm Cemetery and of course a visit of the
Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
searching family
At noon a light lunch in the Old Cheese Factory.

Tonight they will play under the Menin Gate again.

Tomorrow they give a Farewell Concert in the Zonnebeke Church after another day visit to Le Quesnoy and Beaudignies in France.

Please see some more pictures from the Dawn Service and from today at Tyne Cot.

It was, again a very moving day for the group but I hope they it will be a journey never to forget for them!

at the end of the Dawn Service
 the band in action!
The 3 ADF Singers

volunteers after helping with breakfast
Rik Ryon, Belgium artist made for ANZAC day a bird from a piece of concrete from a shelter at Polygon Wood and copper from the Battlefield

The Mayor of Zonnebeke in Kiwi outfit, with his greenstone from Waimakariri ,his life time membership pins from RSA Rangiora and the RSA tie!

Martin, a Kiwi living in Belgium is pointing out the names of the Newlove boys
The Veterans Band meets the Auckland group with Herb Farrant

Bugler and Piper are playing together in the NZ Apse at Tyne Cot Cemetery to honor the Missing New Zealanders


  1. I was fortune enough to be at the Dawn service in Passchendaele this ANZAC. Seeing the NZ Vet band play really was the highlight of my tour. It was a very speical day to be a Kiwi, and I was very touched by the bands performances. I would like to thank every single one of the band and there families for making the effort to travel to Belguim. You made us all very proud.

  2. Michael Petterson, Co-Convenor, NZ Veterans Band7 May 2012 at 05:03

    On behalf of the NZ Veterans Band I thank you for your very kind comments. It was indeed an honour and a privilege to play at the Dawn Service and subsequently at Messines and the Menin Gate. It was an extremely special day for us to be able to represent New Zealand at such sacred places. We would like to think we could be involved in the 2017 Centennial Commemorations in some way. Once again, thank you for your support.