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2020 Memorial Day Service Cancelled

 

The Kapiti US Marines Trust regrets to advise that due to Covid-19 restrictions there will be no Memorial Day service in Queen Elizabeth Park (QEP), on Monday, May 25.

In the Footsteps of the Marines, the scenic hilly run/walk usually scheduled on the Sunday before Memorial Day has been rescheduled from May 24 to Sunday, November 1.

This year’s event, which follows some of the challenging ‘route march’ described by Leon Uris in his book Battle Cry will be run on only on Whareroa Farm and Campbell Mill Road. For more information visit: https://www.kapitijoggersandwalkers.org.nz/marines-event.

The Annual Memorial Day service, run by the New Zealand American Association at Old St Pauls Cathedral on Tuesday, May 26 has also been cancelled and will be replaced by a small (10-person) wreath-laying ceremony at Pukeahu, the National War Memorial. The Trust will be represented by Major Larry Keim (retired).

In America, Memorial Day is similar to our ANZAC Day. In Kapiti, our Memorial Day commemorates nearly half a million U.S. service men and women who lost their lives in World War II and acknowledges the strong bonds and friendships between Kapiti people and the Marines during this time.

If you lived through these times and want to mark the occasion in a memorable way with friends, children or grandchildren, you can still visit the US Marines Memorial in QEP during the weekend or on the day; sign our visitors’ book and make your own personal tribute. If you are coming in a group, make sure you follow Level 2, Covid-19 rules and keep your party to 10 or less.

You could also take the  Marines’ Heritage walk in Whareroa Farm.

 

U.S. Patrons Visit

 

Very welcome guests at the US Marines Memorial before ‘lockdown’ were our Patrons: Ambassador William and Gail McCormick from Oregon U.S.A. It was great to see them fill in our Visitor’s Book in person.

 

The McCormicks

 

The McCormicks visited: the Friend In Need exhibition at the Paekakariki Station Museum, the Marines Heritage Walk in Whareroa Farm, the site for our new Camp Paekakariki Remembrance Wall, and the Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park on February 28 and attended a meeting of the Trust Board on March 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

John Porter Memorial seat now installed

 

Thanks to the generosity of 21 on-line donors and others, we have now closed our appeal for the John Porter Memorial seat - having raised a total of $1996.55.

The seat is now installed in the shelter of a grove of trees at US Marines Memorial site, off Whareroa Road in Queen Elizabeth Park, looking out through the US Marines Memorial to Whareroa Farm.

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John Porter seat

 

 

 

Finding Your World War II Marine or Sailor

 

Jim Wallace

The Trust frequently receives on-line and phone requests for help with genealogical research, while we can often help with your inquiries, there’s also a lot you can do to enrich your family story independently,

Take a look at the following questions and see what you can do to find the answers.

Once you have some of this information, we’re always happy to help – particularly with any queries relating to World War II US Marines history in and around Camps: Mackay, Russell and Paekakariki.  

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