Memorial Weekend 2017
Memorial Weekend 2017 (May 28-29) commemorated the 75thAnniversary of the arrival of U.S.Armed forces in New Zealand in 1942. The Trust also opened its newly-restored U.S.Marines Hut in Queen Elizabeth Park (formerly Camp Russell).
WWII Marines Hut becomes a new story-telling hub
A WWII U.S. Marines Hut lovingly restored by the MenzShed Kapiti, has now been taken to Queen Elizabeth Park (formerly Camp Russell) – to begin its new life.
The hut was loaded onto a transporter and moved down the expressway to its new resting spot alongside the U.S. Marines Memorial in the park.
Message from Ambassador Bill and Gail McCormick
We are very proud and honored to be Patrons the Kapiti US Marines Trust. Their work with friends and partners to preserve and promote the history of the United States Marines and Navy in Kapiti district is unique and valuable, and shows how a community can preserve its heritage. It also shows how the spirit of friendship forged between US Armed Forces and the people of New Zealand in the 1940’s endures to this day and is worth maintaining.