Hawkes Bay

ANZAC Weekend Charter Parade

Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men (and women)
– General George S. Patton

This morning the commanders of the frigate Te Kaha were given the Freedom of Napier City prior to a charter parade through the centre of town. To the beat of the drums and the skirl of the pipes,

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the sailors from Te Kaha marched through town with bayonets fixed,

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and the White Navy Ensign unfurled.

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The ceremony marked the 75th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy and was part of this year’s ANZAC commemorations, when we remember those who lost their lives serving our county.

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Like most families in New Zealand we have our own family Roll of Honour. This year marks one hundred years since the death of my great-uncle on the very first day New Zealand troops saw action in the Somme. He has no grave.

 

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  1. Loved sharing in your New Zealand celebration of those who fought and died for all our freedom. My father is buried in Houston, Texas, but he died in Christ Church, New Zealand on his second visit there on his way back from Antarctica. He said that New Zealand was the closest place to his idea of heaven. I love getting to go there though blog posts!

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  2. Lovely images Jill. It must have been terrible enough losing young men to a brutal war so far away, but to know they had no grave is worse. I’ve seen from the Big T’s great uncle’s service record, that the army went to some lengths to record the position of the fallen so they could be interred. But for so many, that simply wasn’t possible. I’m reminded of the words on the Ataturk memorial. http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/national-monuments-war-graves/atatürk-memorial

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