Services mark 100 years since end of WW1

 radionz.co.nz  11/10/2018 5:43:13 PM  2

The guns have gone quiet and a two minute silence has been observed to mark the moment our World War 1 soldiers put down their weapons 100 years ago.

On November 11, 1918 the fighting ceased at 11am after the Allied Powers and Germany signed the Armistice.

A gun salute was held at the Wellington waterfront with soldiers firing each of the 10 canons, stationed outside Te Papa, 10 times.

A dawn service was also held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

The Remembrance Wreath has been laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

The Remembrance Wreath has been laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Photo: RNZ

The Remembrance Wreath was carried by members of the defence force and was laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

Medals were also placed on the tomb, followed by a waiata and the last post to finish the ceremony.

Warrant Officer Class One Robert Jobe wearing the cloak he wove.

Warrant Officer Class One Robert Jobe wearing the cloak he wove. Photo: RNZ

Warrant Officer Class One, Robert Jobe has woven his own korowai and said the cloak was made as a symbol to link the past to the future.

Officer Jobe said he has visited different battlefields in Europe with the cloak.

"When I wove this cloak and took it Gallipoli, I thought I was picking up a piece of plastic, but I picked up bone, when I realised, I did a karakia put it back into the ground, but that is in this cloak," he said.

On the inside of the cloak were hand-stitched poppies.

Robert Jobe said it is an honour to wear the cloak at today's dawn service.

He added there were a range of ages at today's events.

"We've got some older soldiers who have been overseas and made a commitment to the Defence Force and deployed, and then you've got the younger soldiers here today, they will also get that opportunity."

"When you go overseas, when you understand what those in the past have been through and what you're going through, you get this sense of belonging understanding, that's why we're a family," he said.

Christchurch's Cramner Square has been covered with thousands of crosses to remember those who died in the First World War.

A number of events are being held around Canterbury to mark the day, including a parade at Christchurch's Bridge of Remembrance starting at 10:55am.

The National Armistice Ceremony will be held at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park starting at 10.30am.

It will be attended by the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

In Auckland, a remembrance service starts at 10.30am and will include a fly-past by three World War I aircraft.

Both services will also include a two-minute silence at 11am, which will be followed by a cacophony of sound to replicate how the public responded to news of the Armistice in 1918.

The Royal Regiment of the New Zealand Artillery will fire a 100 gun salute from Wellington's waterfront near Te Papa at about 10:50am.

The guns will fall silent at 11am as they did 100 years ago.

The commemoration will finish at 7:30pm with a Sunset Ceremony at Pukeahu Park. The final last post of the centenary will be played at 8.15pm.

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Armistice Day celebrated in Auckland to commemorate the end of World War I. Auckland War Memorial Museum

Armistice Day celebrated in Upper Hutt to commemorate the end of World War I. Upper Hutt Library heritage collection

Armistice Day celebrated in Christchurch to commemorate the end of World War I. Sir George Grey Special Collection, Auckland libraries

Māori are seen marking the end of World War I at Levin in 1918. Te Papa

An image from 1918 captures Armistice Day commemorations in Levin. Te Papa

Soldiers are seen marking the end of World War I in Waimate. Waimate Museum and Archive

Crowds are seen gathering in Dunedin to commemorate Armistice Day in 1918. Dunedin City Council Archives

Crowds are seen gathering in Ōpunake to commemorate Armistice Day in 1918. Feaver Studio

A marching ceremony in Greytown to commemorate Armistice Day in 1918. Wairarapa Archive

Members of the public hold up the union jack flag at Dunedin Town Hall on Armistice Day in 1918. Dunedin City Council Archives

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