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Armistice Day - 100 years ago honoured on Sunday

07 November 2018

At 11am on 11 November several commemorations will take place across the Coromandel to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. On that day 100 years ago, after four years of brutal conflict, war finally gave way to peace.

Photo: Thames Monument by Craig Cassidy.

Photo: Thames Monument by Craig Cassidy.

Wreaths will be laid and two minutes of silence observed to remember those who fought in the First World War 100 years ago, as well as all other conflicts New Zealand forces have taken part in.

The First World War had taken a huge toll on New Zealand. Around 100,000 New Zealanders – or ten percent of the population at the time – served overseas during the war, and over 18,000 lost their lives.

“This gives us an opportunity to honour and remember the great sacrifice our soldiers and service people made a century ago. Lest we forget,” says our Mayor Sandra Goudie.

Mayor Sandra will be in Coromandel Town to pay her respects, where the service starts at 11.11 (please assemble by 10.45am) at the Memorial Reserve on Kapanga Rd, followed by light refreshments at the Coromandel RSA on Woollams Avenue.

Other commemorations will also be held across the Coromandel which you are welcome to attend:

Thames

10.30am – Gather at RSA, Cochrane Street for a free return shuttle service to the Thames War Memorial Monument on Waiotahi Road. Please note there will be no room for cars at the Monument.

11.00am – Armistice service, followed by light refreshments at the Thames RSA.

The international exhibition Women of Empire – The Homecoming is open on Sunday 11 November from 10am – 4pm at the Civic Centre $10 entry fee. The exhibition runs until 18 November. Check times at www.tcdc.govt.nz/woe.

Mercury Bay

10.55am - Gather at Soldiers Memorial Park (Albert Street).

11.00am – Armistice service, followed by the Mercury Bay RSA's 90th birthday celebrations.

Whangamata

10.30am - Assemble at Le Quesnoy Memorial Reserve (located opposite the entrance to Moana House rest home as you come into Whangamata from Hikuai).

11.00 am – Armistice service, followed by light refreshments at the Whangamata RSA.

Tairua/Pauanui

Honoured with a static display of white crosses in the Tairua town centre and at 11am on Armistice Day the Tairua Fire Brigade will sound their siren in recognition of those who served.

For more information on how you can get involved and other activities and events, click here.

WW100Share your Armistice message

As part of the official Armistice centenary commemorations, WW100 are inviting New Zealanders everywhere to send a message to the Armistice Beacon – a five-metre high digital installation that will be at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington on Armistice Day.

Messages of 140 characters or less can be sent by text message to 4544 (standard rates apply) or submitted online at ww100.govt.nz/armistice-beacon.

Tell WW100 what peace means to you, what you're hoping for, or who you're remembering this Armistice Day. It could be a reflection on the past or an aspiration for the future. The messages will be archived as a record of Aotearoa's Armistice centenary commemoration, so your words will go down in history.

You can watch a video to hear Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talk about the Armistice Beacon here.