Making history real
“Yesterday we had Le Quesnoy battle, showing New Zealanders how the Kiwis liberated a town by climbing a wall freeing the French and taking German prisoners,” Thomas said.
“They may read it in a book which could bore them to tears, maybe they just wouldn’t read it at all.
“But if they see it here, in action, maybe we’ll have more people understanding and then celebrating NZ history more.”
The event remembered not just what happened in the pages of the history books, but the spirit in which the war was fought — a vital way to keep those memories alive.
Pipers lead the parade towards a commemorative service, held at the Cambridge Town Hall Plaza and Cenotaph. Below, a moment’s silence is observed at Lake Kara¯ piro Armistice Day commemorations, followed by a roaring chorus of jubilation.