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U.S. Memorial for Pukeahu National War Memorial Park Unveiled

The U.S. Memorial unveiled today at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park cements the long-standing relationship between the United States and New Zealand, Tamsin Evans, Deputy Chief Executive Delivery, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage said today.


The U.S. Memorial has been unveiled at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

“Pukeahu is a special place for New Zealanders and visitors to reflect on this country’s experience of conflict and our role in peacekeeping and how this has helped shape our national identity,” Tamsin Evans said.

“In almost all the overseas conflicts involving New Zealand, the U.S. has also been there. It’s most appropriate the U.S. was one of the first nations to be invited to build a memorial and it is a most welcome addition to the park’s landscape.”

“This memorial will be a constant reminder of our shared heritage,” Tamsin Evans said.

United States Ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Scott Brown said the bedrock foundation of the U.S. and New Zealand relationship was forged during World War II when more than 150,000 American service personnel came to New Zealand.

“They were asked to travel to defend Aotearoa from invasion while most of New Zealand’s military were on the battlefields of Europe,” Ambassador Brown said.

“It was here they prepared to protect the South Pacific, and here they returned for medical care. New Zealand families welcomed them into their homes and even today I meet people who speak fondly of these U.S. service men and women. 

“This memorial honours our shared history, the values we share, and our ongoing commitment to making our world a better place. It provides an important place for Americans and Kiwis to visit and reflect for many generations to come,” Scott Brown said.

Designed by architect Monica Ponce de Leon the U.S. memorial will be the sixth to take its place at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, accompanying those from Australia, Belgium, France, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Randall G. Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs has travelled from Washington D.C. to be the guest of honour at today’s event. Assistant Secretary Schriver, along with United States Ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Scott Brown, will unveil the memorial at 3.30pm. The Minister of Defence Hon Ron Mark is also attending.

Opened in 2015 Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is the Government’s key legacy project to mark the First World War centenary.

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For further information contact:
Kasey Butler, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Phone 027 641 6387 Email kasey.butler@mch.govt.nz

Janine Burns, Media Specialist, U.S. Embassy
Phone 021 459 774 Email burnsj@state.gov

 


Updated on 10th January 2019