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New Zealand's First World War Connection to Belgium

New Zealand's First World War Connection to Belgium

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When:

  • Sun 24 Sep ’17, 4:30pm

Where:

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

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

100 years ago New Zealanders were fighting and dying on Belgian soil. Their contribution to what became known as the First World War has not been forgotten by the Belgians living in Flanders Fields.

Join us for a special one-off presentation by visiting Belgian historian Freddy Declerk, who will be talking about "Belgium and the Belgians in WW1".

In addition to being made an Honorary Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015, Freddy, a retired Belgian Navy officer, is the only overseas person to have been made an honorary captain of the Royal New Zealand Navy. He is a former chairman of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and the Passchendaele Society 1917. He has played an integral role in planning and organising New Zealand First World War commemorative events in Belgium and particularly at Passchendaele for more than a decade and has guided a large number of New Zealanders including governors-general and government and military delegations as well as film and TV crews, journalists, school groups and individuals. As chairman of the museum he was responsible for starting the annual Anzac Day Dawn Service at Buttes Cemetery, Polygon Wood.

The talk will be held in the Hall of Memories at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, and will be followed by the Last Post ceremony beside the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

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