Our na­tion's sac­ri­fice

Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL -

Ana­tion will re­mem­ber our huge sac­ri­fice in World War I when the 100th an­niver­sary of Armistice Day is marked in New Zealand to­day.

More than 16,000 New Zealan­ders died in the four years of fight­ing be­tween 1914-18. A fur­ther 41,000 suf­fered wounds on bat­tle­fields the names of which are now etched into our na­tional psy­che.

Sons, broth­ers, fa­thers, daugh­ters, sis­ters and mums gave their lives for our coun­try in the Great War — a con­flict which at the time was cited as “the war to end all wars”.

His­tory — and no lack of blood­shed in later years — showed that term was ide­al­is­tic.

In­creas­ingly, Ki­wis of all ages are learn­ing more about places such as Pass­chen­daele and Le Ques­noy. No longer is our World War I his­tory re­stricted to be­ing dom­i­nated by the failed Gal­lipoli cam­paign.

The Her­ald has also led the way in com­mem­o­rat­ing our World War I deeds — for the past two weeks re­vis­it­ing some of the most fa­mous bat­tles in which we fought. To­day the Her­ald on Sun­day pro­files some of our Kiwi medics — a group who for too long were un­sung he­roes.

Most memo­ri­als to the ca­su­al­ties of war are solemn oc­ca­sions — and for good rea­son.

For much of the many cer­e­monies around New Zealand that will again be the case to­day.

But in an un­usual de­par­ture from tra­di­tion, a “Roar­ing Cho­rus” will fol­low the for­mal­i­ties this morn­ing.

At 11.02am, church bells will ring and emer­gency ser­vices and fer­ries and other boats in our wa­ter­ways and har­bours will sound their sirens and horns.

At­ten­dees at ser­vices around the coun­try have been en­cour­aged to bring pots, bells, whis­tles, hoot­ers and horns to join in the ca­coph­ony of noise.

The “Roar­ing Cho­rus” has been de­signed to be a “big ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra­tion of peace”.

● Last week’s ed­i­to­rial stated that a poor up­bring­ing can lead to a range of prob­lems for young peo­ple in­clud­ing autism and dyslexia. This was a sub-edit­ing er­ror and does not re­flect the views of this news­pa­per. The Her­ald on Sun­day ac­cepts up­bring­ing has no rel­e­vance to th­ese learn­ing is­sues and apol­o­gises for any dis­tress the er­ror caused.

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