Armistice centenary marked
One hundred and nine white crosses are at the heart of commemorating the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918.
The ceremonial installation at the Taurangawaterfront will take place on purposefully selected days representing the days when the soldiers from Tauranga died in World War I. Cadets from the Western Bay of Plenty Cadet Unit will bring the crosses out at dawn between October 17 and November 8.
November 11 this year marks the centenary of the armistice, when war finally gave way to peace after four years of brutal conflict.
Mayor Greg Brownless says that every year on November 11, New Zealanders across the country remember the service and sacrifices endured by those who fought, and those who stayed behind.
“The First World War had an impact on almost every family at that time. It is important that we remember this significant day in our history,” he says. “This year we will celebrate peace and recapture the jubilation and hopefulness that would have swept many parts of the world at that time.”
Events to commemorate Armistice Day in Tauranga
Installation: Field of Remembrance— Honouring our Fallen
One hundred and nine white crosseswill be installed at dawn in the lead-up to Armistice Day. The crosseswill carry the names of the men from Tauranga who did not return from war.
After all the crosses are installed, they will be relocated to Memorial Park, the location for the city’s official Armistice Day commemoration service. October 17-November 8 at the Tauranga waterfront and from November 10 at Memorial Park.
Exhibition: Homecomings: From Tauranga to the Trenches
The stories of soldierswho made it back will be told in an exhibition, accompanying the installation of the crosses. October 12-November 8 from 9.30am to 3.30pm at the Tauranga waterfront and from November 10 at Memorial Park.
Armistice Centenary Service Tauranga’s commemoration will culminate in the Armistice Day Centenary Service at 11am on November 11 at Tauranga’s Memorial Park, with two minutes silence, large-scale poppies designed by local artists, and the 109 white crosses united.