Roar­ing Cho­rus for Armistice

Waipa Post - - News -

New Zealan­ders are re­spond­ing on land and at sea to WW100’s call to cre­ate a Roar­ing Cho­rus to mark the cen­te­nary of the Armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

At 11.02am this Sun­day a ca­coph­ony of joy­ful noise will break the twominute si­lence of re­mem­brance be­ing ob­served na­tion­wide at 11am, re­cap­tur­ing the new­found peace and hope for the fu­ture that the sign­ing of the Armistice brought.

There are mul­ti­ple com­mu­nity com­mem­o­ra­tions na­tion­wide in­cor­po­rat­ing a Roar­ing Cho­rus, in­clud­ing vin­tage car horns, a mine siren, songs, drum­ming, cheer­ing, church bells, and even fire sirens and ship horns.

Di­rec­tor of the First World War Cen­te­nary Pro­gramme WW100, Sarah Davies, says 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.

“Af­ter four years of re­mem­brance, we can now re­con­nect with the sense of joy and re­lief that swept the county when news of the end of fight­ing came through. The thanks­giv­ing and ju­bi­la­tion over-whelmed the New Zealan­ders who had en­dured so much hard­ship and loss since 1914.”

Work and school was aban­doned for the day, and the streets of towns and cities filled with thou­sands of peo­ple com­ing to­gether in spon­ta­neous cel­e­bra­tion. The Evening Post in 1918 de­scribed the scene in Wellington: “There were songs and cheers, mis­cel­la­neous pip­ings and blast­ings, and toot­ings and rat­tlings — a roar­ing cho­rus of glad­some sounds.”

An his­toric ac­count from nurse Iso­bel Hares­nape, which fea­tures on the WW100 Pro­gramme Of­fice YouTube chan­nel, de­scribes the cel­e­bra­tions on Queen St as: “. . . a tremen­dous noise of sirens and bell ring­ing, and voices and feet run­ning . . . strangers kissed strangers. Ev­ery­one was danc­ing to the bands. Peo­ple [were] very hys­ter­i­cally ex­cited, re­ally. Ev­ery­one was want­ing to know what it was all about, and I was one of them, and I heard some­one say “It’s peace!”

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