Anzacherdenking / -commemoration - Zonnebeke - 04/10/2007
On Thursday, October 4th, 2007, an important Anzac commemoration
took place at Zonnebeke and Passendale, exactly 90 years after
the historic events of 1917.
After the ceremony at the Commemorative
column for the New Zealand Division at s'Graventafel (Passendale),
an Anzac service took place at Tyne
Cot Cemetery, also at Passendale.
Pictures of the cemetery: still fog.
The cross of sacrifice is build on a German bunker which
was captured by the 3rd Australian Division on October 4th,
Two graves of Australian soldiers. The grave on the right
is a jewish grave with stones at the top.
The Australian flag was born by Warrant Officer Class Two
Al Shirt of the Australian Army. The New Zealand Flag was
borne by Captain Aimee Bywater-Lutman of the New Zealand Army.
At the right: arrival of the official guests:
- The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffrey
- The Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable
- The Flemish Minister of Tourism Geert Bourgeois.
The Service was being conducted by Chap CI 2 (Li Col) Don
Parker of the New Zealand Army and Chaplain (Maj) Jim Pearson
of the Australian Army.
Address by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffrey.
Address by The Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable
A waiata is sung in support of the Prime Ministers of New
Zealand's address by Ngati Ranana.
Address by Geert Bourgeois, Minister of Flanders.
Australian Flautist, Wendy Quinlan, played a composition
of Australian folk songs she has titled 'Diggers salute'.
Wreath laying by the official guests.
Reading by the Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force,
Lieutenant General K. Gillespie.
New Zealander Hayley Westenra sung the hymn 'Abide with Me'.
Last Post by Sergeant Roderick Fry of the Australian Army
and Sergeant Stephen Pilkington of the Royal New Zealand Air
The Ode by Lieutenant General J. Mateparae, Chief of the
New Zealand Defence Force and by Mr. D'Arcy Bailey, representing
New Zealand Veterans.
A lot op people attended the ceremony.
The National Anthems of Australia, New Zealand and Belgium.
The Band was the Royal Belgian Navy Band.
A lot op people took pictures of the flowers at the stone
of remembrance, whilst a journalist was preparing her contribution
for her tv-station.
Ron Steers at the grave of his great-uncle Oscar Steers.
The bus took the press back to Zonnebeke for a sandwich meal.
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