The start of this week marks a highly important day of remembrance for all New Zealanders; the World War I Memorial Service, taking place in The Square.
Monday August 4 at 11AM, the The Cenotaph in The Square of Palmerston North will be the site for those to gather and attend a commemorative service. This is a part of WW100: Remembering WW1 – 100 Years On.
The WW100 site says that the New Zealand Government’s development of this WW100 programme is “to mark the First World War centenary from 2014-2018”.
The description on the WW100 site outlines how very many people, still today, are affected by this historic event of the 20th century.
“10 per cent of our then population of one million served overseas, of which more than 18 000 died and over 40 000 were wounded. Nearly every New Zealand family was affected.”
WW100 goes beyond memorial services; the website describes it as being “a shared identity for New Zealand First World War centenary projects and activities, from official state ceremonies to community initiatives and personal projects.”
Wellington Parliament Grounds will be the site of the Main Ceremony, also on Monday 4 August, 9-10AM. A 100-Gun Salute will be fired on Wellington’s waterfront outside of Te Papa. .
Our generation of today could very well be different if it not for the sacrifices of our countrymen and women a century ago; lest we forget.