Make some noise for Ar­mistice Day

Two min­utes si­lence fol­lowed by a Roar­ing Cho­rus will mark the cen­te­nary of the end of WWI

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North­landers are be­ing asked to mark the cen­ten­nial of the ar­mistice that ended World War I on Sun­day with as much noise as they can make. New Zealan­ders are re­spond­ing on land and at sea to WW100’s call to cre­ate a Roar­ing Cho­rus to mark the cen­te­nary of the ar­mistice that ended the war in 1918.

At 11.02am on Sun­day, Novem­ber, 11, a ca­coph­ony of joy­ful noise will break the two-minute si­lence of re­mem­brance be­ing ob­served na­tion­wide at 11am, re­cap­tur­ing the new­found peace and hope for the fu­ture that the sign­ing of the ar­mistice brought.

In Whanga¯rei the Ar­mistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions will be held at the Ceno­taph, in Lau­rie Hall Park.

There are mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity com­mem­o­ra­tions na­tion­wide in­cor­po­rat­ing a Roar­ing Cho­rus in var­i­ous ways, in­clud­ing vin­tage car horns, a mine siren, songs, drum­ming, cheer­ing, church bells, and even fire sirens and ship horns.

Di­rec­tor of the First World War Cen­te­nary Pro­gramme WW100, Sarah Davies, said, “The Roar­ing Cho­rus in­vites com­mu­ni­ties to break the si­lence in a way that is rel­e­vant to them, and it is great that so many com­mu­ni­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions are join­ing the cam­paign.

“Af­ter four years of re­mem­brance, we can now re­con­nect with the sense of joy and re­lief that swept the county when news of the end of fight­ing came through. The thanks­giv­ing and

The thanks­giv­ing and ju­bi­la­tion over­whelmed the New Zealan­ders who had en­dured so much hard­ship and loss since 1914.

Sarah Davies

ju­bi­la­tion over­whelmed the New Zealan­ders who had en­dured so much hard­ship and loss since 1914.”

Far North (Kaitaia) RSA pres­i­dent Angel Erstich is hop­ing her com­mu­nity will turn up the vol­ume af­ter two min­utes’ si­lence at the ceno­taph in Re­mem­brance Park at 11am.

“Ring church bells, toot car horns, rev mo­tor­bikes — make as much noise as pos­si­ble for two min­utes to repli­cate what ac­tu­ally hap­pened when the war ended,” she said.

Mean­while, Cre­ative North­land con­tin­ues its large scale out­door pro­jec­tions in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Whanga¯rei RSA, which have pre­vi­ously marked An­zac and Pass­chen­daele an­niver­saries.

This year its 11.11 Ar­mistice is a silent large scale two-night out­door vis­ual pro­jec­tion per­for­mance com­mem­o­rat­ing Ar­mistice Day and pro­jected on to the side of the Li­brary Build­ing in Rust Ave, Whanga¯rei CBD. The best view­ing site will be out­side the Cre­ative North­land build­ing and old bowl­ing green in front of the RSA next door to the li­brary. It will be screened tonight and to­mor­row from 8pm to 10.30pm.

Mag­gie Bux­ton and Kim Ne­wall (AwhiWorld) have cre­ated orig­i­nal an­i­mated con­tent as well as us­ing ex­ist­ing archival images and those pro­vided by Chan­nel North. Chan­nel North cre­ated the au­dio-vis­ual con­tent for lo­cal Mu­seum Ki­wiNorth’s

The Great War — North­land remembers ex­hi­bi­tion that opened in 2015.

Whanga¯rei’s Ceno­taph, in Lau­rie Hall Park, above, will be the scene of Ar­mistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions in the city on Sun­day.

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