WW1: Commemoration of the battle of Arras [fr]

French Ambassador in New Zealand, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, and New Zealand Attorney-General, Christopher Finlayson both attended the commemoration of the Arras battle on 9 April 2017.

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New Zealand Attorney-General Chris Finlayson, sculptor Helen Pollock, Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and designer Tony Mcneight with Arras school pupils at the unveiling of the Poppy of Peace
Supplied/Helen Pollock

On April 9, along with more than 100 descendants of the tunnellers, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler and New Zealand representative Christopher Finlayson took part in the commemorations of the Arras battle (France) at la Carrière Wellington (a museum which sits above the sprawling system of tunnels that the New Zealand Tunnelling Company created during the First World War).

To coincide with the Battle of Arras centenary commemorations, two New Zealand memorials were unveiled at la Carriere Wellington: The Earth Remembers sculpture and a memorial portrait wall.

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Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler attends an unveiling of portraits of New Zealanders who died in the Battle of Arras
New Zealand Embassy in Paris
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Commemorative sculpture The Earth Remembers
New Zealand Embassy in Paris

The Earth Remembers

Both memorials have been created in remembrance of the 500 New Zealand tunnellers who served below the French town.

The Victory Medal/Poppy of Peace, an installation by New Zealand artists Helen Pollock and Tony McNeight was unveiled on la Place des Héros (Heroes square) in downtown Arras.

French President, François Hollande and Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau gave speeches during this inauguration ceremony.

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Victory Medal/Poppy of Peace sur la place des Héros
Ville d’Arras

Dernière modification : 20/04/2017

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