Armistice cen­te­nary marked

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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.

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