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Exhibition Commemorates Belgian - New Zealand Relationship Forged in World War One

Posted 14/6/2017

A free exhibition honouring New Zealand troops who fought in Belgium in WWI has opened at the Navy League of New Zealand, 19 Tamaki Drive, Orakei.

2017 marks the 100th year of the battles in which so many New Zealand soldiers lost their lives.2017 marks the 100th year of the battles in which so many New Zealand soldiers lost their lives.

 

The exhibition - The Belgians Have Not Forgotten - is curated by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, with funding and support from the Federal Government of Belgium and the Flanders Government. 

The exhibition’s purpose is to show New Zealanders, many of whom had relatives who fought in Flanders Fields a century ago, that Belgians have not forgotten our traumatic common history. Photographs, movies, artwork and artifacts from the battlefields illustrate the war experience while highlighting the commemorative events and memories of war which live on in Belgium

Between July and November 1917, some 2,421 New Zealand soldiers were killed in Belgium. The battles, which include Broodseinde and Passchendaele, brought minimal gains to the allies during WWI, and were among the darkest in recent history. 

New Zealand Passchendaele Society President, Iain MacKenzie, says the exhibition is a fitting tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in Belgium during the Great War.

“2017 marks the 100th year of the battles in which so many New Zealand soldiers lost their lives. In fact on 12 October 1917, more soldiers were killed at the Battle of Passchendaele than on any other day during world war history. 

The Belgians Have Not Forgotten graphically illustrates the realities of WWI and we acknowledge the Belgian Government’s initiative in bringing it to New Zealand.” 

 The exhibition tours nationwide through 2017 and remains open in Auckland until Tuesday 4 July.

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