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NZ National Commemorative Service to mark Battle of the Somme Centenary

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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.

Visit http://ww100.govt.nz/sites/default/fi... to view the ceremony's order of service (PDF, 6 MB)

The New Zealand Government thanks the French government and people and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for their support of these services.

Watch the Dawn Service for the Somme at https://youtu.be/5dwUhY8Ps0I, and the Sunset Ceremony for the Somme at https://youtu.be/l-qsEqef8Xo

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