Mark­ing cen­te­nary of guns fall­ing silent

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

Sun­day marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the day the guns fell silent and World War I ended.

Novem­ber 11 is a day an­nu­ally marked with com­mem­o­ra­tions at Te Puke Cit­i­zens RSA and this year will be no ex­cep­tion.

Pres­i­dent Vic Mot­tram, pa­rade com­man­der on the day, says mem­bers of the New Zealand Pa­tri­ots Mo­tor­cy­cle Club are ex­pected to at­tend the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Assem­bly is 10.45am with the cer­e­mony start­ing at 11am — the time of the cease­fire.

Ar­mistice Day marks the sac­ri­fice of those who died serv­ing New Zealand in all wars and con­flict.

World War I was one of the most dev­as­tat­ing events in hu­man his­tory.

New Zealand, then with a pop­u­la­tion of 1.1 mil­lion, sent 100,000 men and women overseas. New Zealand had a higher per cap­i­tal ca­su­alty rate than any other in­volved coun­try with 16,700 killed and over 40,000 wounded.

On Ar­mistice Day 1918 New Zealand had 58,129 troops in the field with an ad­di­tional 10,000 train­ing in New Zealand.

In to­tal the troops pro­vided by New Zealand for for­eign ser­vice dur­ing the war rep­re­sented 10 per cent of its to­tal pop­u­la­tion be­tween the ages of 20 and 45 in 1914.

Te Puke Cit­i­zens RSA Ar­mistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions last year.

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