Marking centenary of guns falling silent
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.