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.
The press was welcomed at Zonnebeke Chateau grounds at 8.30
am. A press briefing was organized for the more than 80 press
responsibles who took part at the event.
Picture left: press officer Debbie Manhaeve and Franky Bostyn
form the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
Picture left: the responsibles from the Belgian army explained
the results of the unique DNA-research which lead to the identification
of two of the five soldiers.
Afterwards a bus brought the press towards the Commemorative
column for the New Zealand Division at s'Graventafel (Passendale).
It was still early in the morning and there was fog.
Soldiers took their place around the monument. The New Zealand
Flag was borne by Captain Aimee Bywater-Lutman of the New
Zealand Army. The Guard was formed from 5 Squadron of the
Royal New Zealand Air Force. The Catafalque Party was formed
from soldiers and airmen of the New Zealand Defence Force.
The important guests are waiting for The Right Honourable
Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Karanga performed by members of Ngati Ranana: a traditional
Maori calling to the Prime Minister, welcoming her to the
Address by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable
Waiata sung by members of Ngati Ranana.
Wreat laying by:
The Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
The Flemisch Minister Geert Bourgeois
Dirk Cardoen, Mayor of Zonnebeke
Several other Chiefs and Vice-Chiefs of the Defence Force
of New Zealand and Australia
At the right Luitenant-Kolonel Pol Vanden Berghe representing
the Belgium Ministry of Defence.
The Last Post by Sergeant Stephen Pilkington of the Royal
New Zealand Air Force.
At the honour of the New Zealand Division, the Battle of
Broodseinde, October 4th, 1917
The National Anthems of Belgium and New Zealand were sung.
Departure of the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
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