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Fri 18 Nov 2016, 9:30am

Where: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Mt Cook, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

Mr. Jean-Marc Todeschini, French Secretary of State for Veterans and Remembrance, will travel to New Zealand on November 17 and 18 for an official visit focused on projects commemorating France and New Zealand’s shared history in World War I and World War II.

In Wellington on November 18, Minister Todeschini will meet Minister for Veterans Affairs Craig Foss for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque for the French memorial in Wellington’s Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in the morning. The ceremony will start at 9.30am with both ministers paying their respects to the New Zealand Unknown Soldier, then proceeding to the French memorial site, where Minister Todeschini will scatter soil from Longueval. The unveiling of the plaque will take place at 10am, followed by a press conference in the foyer of the Dominion Museum Building, in presence of the winning architect for the memorial. Members of the public are welcome to attend the unveiling of the plaque.

In a speech at centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme at Longueval on September 15, while paying tribute to New Zealand soldiers, Minister Todeschini said shared memories of New Zealand involvement at France’s side in World War I and World War II would live on in the memorial, to be inaugurated in 2018.

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