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Published on Jan 12, 2017
On 15 September 2016, the New Zealand Government held three ceremonies to mark 100 years since New Zealand’s involvement in the Battle of the Somme at Longueval, France.
The National Commemorative Service took place at the Caterpillar Valley Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Longueval, France. This cemetery is where the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing for the Somme is located and also where New Zealand’s Unknown Warrior was exhumed before reinternment at the National War Memorial in Wellington, New Zealand.
The service, conducted in English and French, included speeches by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, His Excellency Dr James Kember, New Zealand Ambassador to France, the Honourable Gerry Brownlee, New Zealand Minister of Defence and M. Jean-Marc Todeschini, French Republic Secretary of State for Veterans’ Affairs.