Four regional Fields of Remembrance in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin will be established at ANZAC Day each year until 2018.
The Trust has researched the names of men and women from each region who died on active service in 1914-1918. The crosses and name labels have been gifted to each council with the help of generous sponsors. The crosses represent the men and women who firstly served in the four regional regiments and then those who can be identified as coming from that region.
Replica Flanders Field poppies, symbolising hope and re-growth have been sourced and supplied at cost to Councils.
The numbers will increase progressively each year.
Fields of Remembrance will be established in the nine Military Bases/Camps throughout New Zealand on Anzac Day.
Find out more HERE.
This is a joint venture with the Ministry of Education. In 2015 nearly 80,000 white crosses were supplied to 2,531 Primary and Secondary schools. Each school received a pack of 30 crosses, a selection of name labels and poppy and fern stickers to go on the crosses, instructions for setting up a field, and holding a commemoration ceremony. Posters, a booklet and a replica Flanders Field poppy was also be included.
In 2016 Early Childhood Centres were supplied with a pack of 3 small white crosses to commemorate the men and women who died serving New Zealand during WW1.
|Each cross will be named to include local soldiers, nurses, New Zealand Victoria Cross recipients, the youngest New Zealander who died (aged 17), and an All Black captain. One cross has the words “Known unto God” to represent the unknown soldier.
Students are encouraged to investigate the life and experiences of these young lives so they are no longer just anonymous names on a commemorative wall.
More information for schools may be found on the Ministry's website, including the lists of names for each region. Learn more.
Find out what schools are doing on the Schools Page