Veil lifts on memorial
Bomber command veterans have reached an agreement to unveil a new memorial at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
But the New Zealand Bomber Command Association still hopes to secure a permanent memorial site at the museum.
“They have agreed after all to have it at the museum but in a temporary place for the dedication,” says president Bill Simpson.
“I’m not happy with that,” Mr Simpson says. “If it goes in the museum it should stay in the museum.”
The memorial to New Zealanders who flew with the Royal Air Force bomber command in World War Two was built in Wellington by Weta Workshops at a cost of $100,000.
It was designed to be fitted against a corner of an interior wall, but museum management quashed that plan.
The parties have now agreed that a place will be found within the museum for the memorial to be unveiled with a full colour guard in January. Museum trust board chairman David Hill says it’s a positive outcome.
“It has always been our desire to find an appropriate and suitable home for the memorial, and now we feel sure that, together with the Bomber Command, we can develop a plan that is both high-quality and respectful to all parties.”
Mr Simpson says he hopes to speak to museum director Vanda Vitali soon about a permanent location.