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Mates on the Field

Written by on October 5th, 2017.      0 comments

Mates on the Field 
Remembering our fallen soldiers 100 years on
4 October 1917.
A commemorative service was held at Eden Park.
Giant poppy and Navy BandThe Navy Band performs on the field at Eden Park Crosses on the Field at Eden Park13 crosses commemorating All Blacks who died in World War I People walking among the crosses on Eden ParkVisitors inspect the crosses commemorating those died 4 October 1917
War Birds flypast
War Birds fly past Eden Park
Haka performed on the Field at Eden ParkThe New Zealand Defence Force rugby team perform the Haka in front of the crosses Buck Shelford leads the haka
Former All Black captain Buck Shelford leads Auckland Secondary Schools acknowledgment

A field of 492 crosses commemorated those who lost their lives in the Battle of Broodseinde including Dave Gallaher who captained the 1905 "Originals" All Blacks. A giant poppy decorated the Eden Park field and the flags of New Zealand and Belgium flew atop the goalposts.
All day visitors walked among the crosses and watched archive images of the war on the big screens. A dusk service featured the Navy Band, Catafalque Guard Changeover, laying of wreaths and a flypast by the War Birds. A stirring Haka was performed by the Defence Blacks and acknowledged by Auckland Schools' rugby players led by former All Black Captain Buck Shelford.

A limited edition lapel pin commemorating the Battle of Broodseinde may be purchased HERE
A list of the names of the men commemorated may be downloaded HERE
A video of the highlights of the event may be viewed HERE







The Fields of Remembrance Trust was established in 2012 to honour those who served and died for our nation during World War One.

The Trust is made up of the Passchendaele Society, the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association, New Zealand (RNZRSA) representIng all local RSAs, and the Auckland RSA. It is a registered charity.