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,
the sailors from Te Kaha marched through town with bayonets fixed,
and the White Navy Ensign unfurled.
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.
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.