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Sun 11 Nov 2018, 10:30am–12:00pm

Where: Timaru Botanic Gardens, Corner of King and Queen Street, Timaru, South Canterbury

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

This is the final commemorative service undertaken by the South Canterbury WWONE Centenary Committee of the five year WWI commemorative period.

This service will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Liberation of Le Quesnoy, the final battle New Zealanders were engaged in on the Western Front, and the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI.

Key note speaker Gavin Marriott will deliver a speech on the Liberation of Le Quesnoy and the Armistice and what it meant for South Canterbury and New Zealanders at that time.

Joining Gavin are TDC Mayor Damon Odey and MP for Rangitata Andrew Falloon.

Speaking on his father's experience in liberating Le Quesnoy will be Timaru local Arthur Clarke.

The final two interpretative panels will be unveiled completing the WWI Commemorative Garden near the Cenotaph at the Timaru Botanic Gardens. These have more information about Le Quesnoy and the signing of the Armistice.

Jayden Walker will sing, the Alpine Energy Timaru Brass will provide music and local cadet forces will lend their support to the service.

This event is open to everyone and is a wonderful opportunity to hear the past brought to life and remember those no longer with us who fought for our freedom 100 years ago.

In the event of rain the service will be held in the Enliven Centre directly behind the Cenotaph and WWI Commemorative Garden.

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