Friday, 13 July 2012

Partnership with New Zealand

The Hon Minister Christopher Finlayson has anounced the appointees to the Government’s First World War Centenary panel but also the Legacy projects.
A grant of 120,000 Euros has been provided to the Passchendaele Memorial Museum 1917 in Flanders to assist in the expansion of our museum and the installation of an expanded interpretive New Zealand exhibition. 
This is the first of a series of projects to improve interpretation at battlefield sites significant to New Zealand. 

The main effort will be to work with local museums and visitor centres at places where New Zealanders served, such as Gallipoli and along the Western Front, to upgrade their exhibitions which tell the story of New Zealand in the war. 

In addition, interpretation at New Zealand’s battlefield memorials and at the battle sites themselves will be upgraded.

handing over of the 120.000 euros
It was  the New Zealand Ambassador in Brussels,  His Excellency Vitalis Vangelis who handed over the cheque to the Deputy Mayor of Zonnebeke , Franky Bryon.

Of course the community of Zonnebeke is very grateful and honored to be the first partner here at the Western Front.

a gift from the community of Zonnebeke to H.E. Vitalis Vangelis

from left to right H.E the Ambassador, Freddy Declerck, Franky Bryon, Francis Claeys, Corinne Tjampens and Franky Bostyn

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