Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Important Visitors from New Zealand in Passchendaele

Hon Chris Finlayson
Yesterday, 14 October we've got a very important visitor from New Zealand.They are preparing the centennial from a New Zealand perspective.
The Hon Chris Finlayson was visiting the Battlefield in Flanders and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 in Zonnebeke. Later this week they will visit the Battlefields of France.He was with the New Zealand Ambassador for Belgium H.E. Mrs Paula Wilson and Brigadier Lofty Hayward and LtCol Mike Beale from the High Commission in London. Andrew Matheson, Director of New Zealand First World War Centenary Programme was also with his party.
Andrew Matheson

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Lest we Forget 12 October 1917

96th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele  - Saturday 12th October 2013

12 October hasn't been forgotten by our friends of the Waimakariri-Passchendaele Trust and the people of Waiamakariri.Earlier today there was a ceremony at the Kaiapoi War Memorial.

Their was also the Annual Commemoration Ceremony of the Battle of Passchendaele, in the WW1 Hall of Memories at Auckland War Memorial Museum.  The Guest Speaker was Major General David Gawn MBE, Chief of Army.  An ensemble from the New Zealand Army Band and Auckland Choral participate. This was organised by the Passchendaele Society Inc. http://passchendaelesociety.org/

Kaiapoi Memorial
United in Friendship

from left to right Lieve Bierque, Honorary Consul of Belgium, David Ayers, Mayor of Waimakariri, Jo Kane, Honorary Citizen of Zonnebeke
the wreath on the right on behalf of the People of Zonnebeke

Thursday, 10 October 2013

@ 12 October 2013 - don't forget the ultimate sacrifice of the New Zealanders

October 12, 1917 remains the most tragic day in New Zealand military history.

In a few short hours, in driving rain, strong cold winds and deep mud, left vulnerable by an ineffective artillery barrage and blocked by a barrier of barbed wire, New Zealand suffered a casualty toll of more than sixty percent of those who took part in the first battle of Passchendaele.

Paul Turner recently produced a video to accompany his song about Passchendaele from the Kiwi perspective. It has had a very positive response and I'm sure this is a very appropriate song to remember this day! 
There are different songs about Passchendaele, but this one is surely worth to be in the "Gallery of Passchendaele Remembrance Songs".
 Thank you Paul for sharing this with us. 


Saturday, 5 October 2013

New Zealand Parliamentary Delegation visits Flanders Battlefields

A New Zealand Parliamentary Delegation came to visit the Battlefields in Flanders on 4 October 2013. 

Belgian Flags to honour the New Zealanders on 04/10/2013
4 October is the day of the Battle of Broodseinde. 

They insist to commemorate the sacrifice of the New Zealanders exactly 96 years ago.

There was a short ceremony with the Last Post, the ode and wreath laying by   Hon Tau Henare and the New Zealand Parliamentary Delegation,   Dirk Cardoen, Burgemeester of Zonnebeke and   Lt Col Mike Beale on behalf of the New Zealand Defence Force
Belgian Flags were around 's Graventafel Memorial as a Guard of Honor.
Earlier in the morning, the party visited Messines.

HE Paula Wilson, Ambassador for New Zealand in Belgian is guiding the Parliamentary Delegation

The Kiwi anchor point in the new Passchendaele Memorial Museum

New Zealand Parliamentary Delegation