Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Inaugaration Nga Tapuwae Marker - Old Cheese Factory - Belle Vue Spur

The Nga Tapuwae Marker. On the right place in the battlefields looking towards Belle Vue spur.
 Sunday 4 October was also the day that the Nga Tapuwae Marker was inaugurated by the Hon. Maggie Barry. the crowd who came from 's Graventafel Memorial came with them for the rest of the ceremonies.
 It was already noon when we could starting with this part of the ceremony. But the weather was fine and we could experience an "Indian Summer" during the weekend.
The New Zeland delegation flanked with the Mayor and Aldermen of Zonnebeke to the right and the Belgian Defence at the left hand side

Chief of Army Maj Gen Peter Kelly explaining the Defence Blacks what happens here on 12 Oct 1917
 Of course it have been long days for the Defence Blacks and they almost no free time. every minute was occupied with training, playing and visiting the battlefields.
the Defence Blacks lined up
 They did a great job here in Flanders and in France until the last minute.

Mr Donck who is the owner of the Old Cheese Factory and the land where the marker is places was an invited guest and was honoured by Hon Maggie Barry for his kindness. It is also in the same Old Cheese Factory we had an exhibition from the NZ Army Museum in 2007.

It was since then that we were saying that we would have a memorial or something similar for the massacre of 12 October 1917.
MOCAndrew Gillespie starts the ceremony
 Thanks to the work of many people we could succeed with a New Zealand Marker/Memorial facing Belle Vue spur, amidst the battlefields were the NZ Division lost 2700 soldiers in less then 4 hours. I'm very happy with this and with me many other people!
Thank you New Zealand, this is the right way to remember your forebears. Congratulations to everyone involved! good job.
Hon Maggie Barry ONMZ, MP Minister Arts, Culture and Heritage is here to inaugarate the Nga Tapuwae trail memorial

Also the UK Defence Women Team attended the ceremony

Mr Donck is the owner of the land that was gifted to place the Marker

Field Marshal Haig's Own Pipes and Drums playing a tune

Inauguration speech

exchange of gifts (no chocolates..)

Both, minister and owner of the land proudly at the Marker. Job done; congratulations to everyone involved.
photos Willy & Peter Roets

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