Armistice Day in Hamil­ton

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A time cap­sule filled with war mem­o­ra­bilia will be buried at Me­mo­rial Park in Hamil­ton on Sun­day as part of the re­mem­brance ser­vice to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of Armistice Day — the end of World War I — and to mark the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the city and the Bel­gian city of Ieper.

The cap­sule will con­tain arte­facts re­cov­ered from Ieper, such as a bu­gle used for play­ing the Last Post there in me­mory of the World War I fallen.

A large con­tin­gent of New Zealan­ders — in­clud­ing the Hamil­ton Light Horse Brigade — fought as part of a Com­mon­wealth force in the area around Ieper in World War I. Many New Zealan­ders and Com­mon­wealth sol­diers who fought at Flan­ders and Pass­chen­daele are buried in or near Ieper.

A del­e­ga­tion from Ieper will be at the cer­e­monies on Sun­day.

The re­mem­brance ser­vice will start at 10.15am, with a two min­utes’ si­lence at 11pm, fol­lowed by the Roar­ing Cho­rus at 11:02am.

“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,” direc­tor of the First World War Cen­te­nary Pro­gramme WW100 Sarah Davies says.

In Hamil­ton, a fam­ily out­door con­cert and com­mu­nity pic­nic to fol­low the ser­vice will fea­ture brass bands, choirs, songs and mu­sic from the World War I era, and old-style games such as egg and spoon, and sack races.

Pur­ple pop­pies rep­re­sent­ing an­i­mals who died in the con­flict will be avail­able from the War Horse Trust in the af­ter­noon. Horses will be in at­ten­dance as well for guests to in­ter­act with.

War mem­o­ra­bilia to be buried in the time cap­sule, in­clud­ing bul­let cas­ings, an old spoon, a bu­gle used to play the Last Post in Ieper in me­mory of the WWI fallen, belt buck­les and a medal.

Pho­tos / Hamil­ton City Coun­cil

Hamil­ton Ieper Project Trust mem­ber Peter Bos (left) and fel­low trustee Lau­rie Pilling.

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