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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 ceremony.

Address by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, The Right Honourable Helen Clark.

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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