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Memorial to NZ's WWI medics restored

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/10/2016

A memorial to World War I medical staff is to be rededicated in Palmerston North after a two-year restoration.

Project head Lieutenant Colonel Darren Beck says the memorial at Awapuni Racecourse honours the contribution and sacrifice of the officers and soldiers of the New Zealand Medical Corps during the 1914-18 war.

He says it also symbolises the importance of Awapuni and its significance for both city and national heritage.

The suburb was the sole location for NZMC staff training during the First World War and was home to one of the country's largest training camps at the time.

Lt Col Beck says the ceremony on Thursday is the culmination of a project to address the poor state of the memorial, recognise the centenary of WWI and renew the pledge to never forget.

The memorial was originally dedicated 87 years ago.

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