Two minutes silence at 11.00am and eleven tolls of the Peace Bell will signal the beginning of the Armistice Day commemorative service at the National War Memorial tomorrow.
It is 91 years since the Armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany ‘on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’.
Wreaths will be laid in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, Hon Judith Collins (Minister of Veterans Affairs), Pedro Herrera (Dean of the Diplomatic Corps), George Fergusson (British High Commissioner), Hon Rick Barker, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Air Vice Marshal Robin Klitscher, and local schoolchildren.
The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior contains the remains of a soldier who died on the Western Front. He represents the 9,000 New Zealand servicemen who lost their lives in war and have no known grave.
New Zealand sent more than 100,000 personnel – one tenth of the population – overseas to fight in the First World War. In total 18,166 died during the war, and another 900 subsequently died of war-related injuries and illness. These casualties had a lasting impact on New Zealand communities and the economy.
New Zealand Armistice Day commemorations will include services at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and at the Bridge of Remembrance in Christchurch. In Dunedin, there will be a two-gun salute and a fly-past by a P.51 Mustang fighter.
Updated on 23rd July 2015