NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY2014-2019

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When:

Sun 11 Nov 2018, 10:50am–11:15am

Where: Foxton Cenotaph, Main Street, Foxton

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Armistice Day (also sometimes referred to as Remembrance Day) marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended WW1 and commemorates the sacrifice of those who died serving New Zealand in this and all wars and armed conflict.

The Great War of 1914 to 1918 was one of the most devastating events in human history. New Zealand, with a population of 1.1 million in 1914, sent 100,000 men and women abroad. 16,700 died and over 40,000 were wounded – a higher per capita casualty rate than any other country involved.

The coming of peace on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 brought blessed relief for all involved. When news of the Armistice reached our shores it was met with thanksgiving, hopefulness and joyous noise.

The Armistice centenary gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the loss and trauma of the First World War, as well as reflect on peace and hope at the centenary of its closure. As well as joining together in remembrance, we can recapture the relief and jubilation of that important day a century ago.

Members of the public, organisations, groups and businesses who wish to be called up to lay a wreath during the commemorations are invited to register their names with Council’s Civic & Community Events Coordinator, Melissa Steedman, on melissas@horowhenua.govt.nz or phone 027 234 2031.

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