Motat month fires up military buffs
Military buffs will be gunning for Motat this month.
The museum’s annual Military Weekend event is back and organisers promise it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before.
As well as bringing Military Weekend this Saturday and Sunday Motat is extending the action for another whole month of military activities.
To kick things off there will be firepower displays, military vehicle rides and re-enactments of famous battles that will focus on the North Africa campaign and the Long Range Desert Group.
Chief executive officer Michael Frawley says the popularity of Military Weekend led to the extension into a full month.
‘‘Kiwis have a real enthusiasm for learning about the military world,’’ he says.
‘‘From our remarkable wartime memorabilia to the volunteers who re-enact some of the historic battles of the past there is so much to see and experience.
‘‘New Zealanders have been involved in a number of major conflicts so there is a rich history to discover.’’
During the month kids can take part in an interactive school holiday experience, Soldier, Soldier, which will give them an insight into military life.
‘‘A highlight will be a boot camp commando course that will put kids through their paces. With a real drill instructor giving the orders, kids will have fun earning their stripes as they tackle the thrilling obstacle course,’’ Mr Frawley says.
He says it must be remembered that Military Month is also an opportunity to reflect on New Zealand’s contribution to the various military campaigns and the associated sacrifice that some of our armed forces have made.
Firepower: Military month is coming to Motat.