Posts Tagged ‘Belgium’

Belgian National Day Recognised in Waimakariri 

22 July 2016

A pity the wind didn’t blow yesterday but the Belgian flag flew to commemorate Belgium’s national day. Waimakariri has a twinning relationship with the municipality of Zonnebeke on the Passchendaele battlefield.

ANZAC Day 2015 Commemorated in Belgium

27 April 2015

The following link is from the blog of Freddy Declerck, a very good friend of New Zealand, and it records some of the events about the time of this year’s ANZAC Day.

http://thebelgianshavenotforgotten.blogspot.be/

The municipality of Zonnebeke includes the Polygon Wood and Buttes New British cemeteries which commemorate New Zealanders and Australians who died in this area near Ypres (Ieper) during World War I.

Freddy Declerck is a former Belgian naval officer and the recently-retired director of the Passchendaele Memorial Museum in Zonnebeke, which features a section on New Zealand.  He is, as you would expect, extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand’s involvement and is a wonderful guide.

Waimakariri has a twinning relationship with the Municipality of Zonnebeke, the area of which includes the site of the Battle of Passchendaele and other battles at about that time.


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