11 November 2012
Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall's Diamond Jubilee visit to New Zealand. Armistice Day Commemoration. His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales lays a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended an Armistice Day service today at the Auckland War Memorial Museum to remember the sacrifice of those who died in the First World War and all subsequent conflicts.
Their Royal Highnesses were joined by the Prime Minister Right Honourable John Key and Mrs Key, the Opposition Leader David Shearer, His Worship the Mayor of Auckland Mr Len Brown, Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Tony Parr, and Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell.
”We remember those who fought for our nation, those whose lives were changed forever, those who sacrificed their lives, and those New Zealand Defence Force personnel currently deployed on operational service overseas,” said Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell.
At 11.00am an RNZAF Boeing 757 flypast took place. A commemorative service and wreath laying ceremony took place at the Court of Honour of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Today’s service included a mihi and karakia, a Commemoration for the Fallen, ‘The Ode’ recited in Maori and in English, and the laying of the wreaths. RADM Parr laid a wreath on behalf of the New Zealand Defence Force.
Armistice Day commemorates the armistice signed between the allies and Germany marking the official end of World War 1 in 1918 on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
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