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NZ's contribution remembered in France

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017

Commemorations of New Zealand's contribution to World War I are continuing in France.

More than 150 people have already attended an emotional New Zealand Anzac Commemorative service at Longueval, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) says.

"At the memorial surrounded by fields where New Zealand soldiers once fought bravely to gain ground, our contingent represented our country and those soldiers proudly and with honour," it said.

The NZDF contingent will next take part in a New Zealand Anzac Dawn Service at the Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery on Sunday (NZ time).

This service will last about an hour and is supported by the community of Le Quesnoy.

Just a week before the end of the First World War in November 1918, the New Zealand Division captured the French town.

It was the New Zealanders' last major action in the war. To this day, the town of Le Quesnoy continues to mark the important role that New Zealand played in its history. Streets are named after New Zealand places, there is a New Zealand memorial and a primary school bears the name of a New Zealand soldier.

The NZDF contingent will also take part in a French Commemorative Service on Sunday evening (NZ time) which includes a walk starting from the Place du General Leclerc to the New Zealand Memorial commemorating the town's liberation in 1918.

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