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A tragic legacy of armed conflict: Mateparae

A tragic legacy of armed conflict: Mateparae
ANZAC Day marked at the Suva Military Cemetery yesterday. Photo: Australian High Commission
April 26
10:45 2016

Thousands gathered at dawn services throughout New Zealand yesterday to remember those who served New Zealand in conflicts overseas.

Auckland mayor Len Brown, speaking at the Cenotaph, which was built after World War I, said Anzac Day was about remembering the bravest of the brave, in a battle that had made New Zealand the country it was today.

Tens of thousands attended the 77th dawn service held at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Mr Brown said a 13-year-old boy’s reason for coming along struck a chord with him.

He said the boy told him his great-great-grandfather served at Gallipoli and this was the first time he had come to pay his respects, and that he planned to keep coming for the rest of his life.

At the National War Memorial Park in Wellington, Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae spoke of how World War I drew people from all over the planet into its vortex of conflict.

He said those people in all their diversity were represented among New Zealanders yesterday.

“New Zealanders may have their origins in very different cultures, speak different languages, and worship in different ways; what we all share in our histories is a tragic legacy of armed conflict and war.”

Sir Jerry said Anzac Day was an opportunity to show respect to those who fought, and to commit to a better and safer world for future generations.

The Wellington service hosted veterans from the various wars New Zealand had fought in.

 Source: RNZI

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