Re-post from The Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust website:
Memorial Weekend 2016 (May 28-30) promises a heritage weekend with a difference for those who want to re-live the days from 1942-44 when U.S.Marines out-numbered locals in parts of Kapiti by 15-1.
This is a great opportunity for those who lived through these times, their friends, children and grandchildren to visit the Kapiti Coast to enjoy:
- A fantastic Mulled Wine swing concert from the legendary Rodger Fox Ensemble (Sunday May 28 at 2.30pm in the Paekakariki Memorial Hall).
- The In the Footsteps of the Marines Charity Walk & Run through two former U.S.Marine Camps (Sunday May 29 starting at 9am), and
- Our iconic Memorial Day Service to be held in Queen Elizabeth Park (Monday May 30 starting at 10am – 11am sharp followed by a community morning tea).
Memorial Day commemorates nearly half a million U.S. service men and women who lost their lives in World War II and acknowledges the strong bond between Kapiti people and the Marines during this time.
This 74th Anniversary of the “friendly invasion” of U.S.Armed Services during World War II will focus on the enduring heritage, relics and infrastructure of the period.
About the Trust:
The Kapiti U.S. Marines Trust (KUSMT) is registered with the Charities Commission (CC46035) and was established in 2009 by the former Mayor of Kapiti, Jenny Rowan. The Trust represents a number of local, regional and national groups with an interest in the collection, conservation, exhibition, and promotion of Marines’ History – particularly in camps Paekakariki, Mackay and Russell, in southern Kapiti, New Zealand.
The New Zealand American Association invites you, your family and friends to a service in honour of American Memorial Day. Each year the NZ American Association (NZAA) and the Embassy jointly organize a service to mark Memorial Day, at Old St Paul’s. This year’s service will be held on Tuesday, May 31st, at 12 noon.
Memorial Day – A service of remembrance.
Tuesday, 31st May, 2016, Commences at 12.00 pm – 1:00pm
Old St. Paul’s,
Mulgrave St, Thorndon,
The service will conclude by 1.00pm. You are invited to stay on for refreshments.
Dress: Uniforms, full medals and civilian equivalent; business suits, national costume as personally preferred.
See the Facebook event for full details.