Do­na­tion is money well spent

Waipa Post - - News -

There has been quite a bit of neg­a­tive feed­back and com­ments made about Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil con­tribut­ing $150,000 to the pro­posed War Memo­rial Mu­seum at Le Ques­noy in France. In my opin­ion it is money well spent.

It is 100 years since the end of World War I next month, a war in which 20 mil­lion were killed and 21 mil­lion wounded. New Zealand had 16,699 sol­diers killed, about the pop­u­la­tion of Te Awa­mutu, and 41,317 wounded, nearly the pop­u­la­tion of Waipa¯ .

It was a war of ter­ri­ble car­nage of young men, some barely 21 giv­ing up their lives so fu­ture gen­er­a­tions could live freely in democ­racy not re­pres­sion and dic­ta­tor­ship.

The Mu­seum would re­mem­ber the last bat­tle fought by New Zealand sol­diers free­ing the town of Le Ques­noy from Ger­man oc­cu­pa­tion.

Le Ques­noy is a sis­ter city to Cam­bridge and thou­sands of peo­ple visit the town ev­ery year, the Mu­seum could en­tice hun­dreds of peo­ple to visit our dis­trict.

Even if no one came the we can all take pride in re­mem­ber­ing those who fought to pre­serve our free­dom.

The new Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre in Te Awa­mutu will fo­cus on our own land wars and his­tory.

Our past makes us what we are to­day and we should al­ways re­mem­ber it with­out judge­ment, the fu­ture is in our hands lets hope we can do a bet­ter job of it.

VERN WIL­SON Waipa¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor

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