Informal Memorial Day in QEP Monday May 27
The Trust has decided not to run a Memorial Day Service this year.
We’ve loved running these services, have taken great pride in them and greatly appreciate everything you’ve done to support us. However, organising Memorial Day puts a large drain on our limited resources and it’s now time to set a new direction.
For those who still want to commemorate Memorial Day on Monday May 27 - come along and join us at an informal gathering at 10am at the U.S.Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park. – we will fly the flags, present a wreath and get together afterwards for a cuppa at Ramaroa Park Centre. If it’s wet - meet at there too.
In the footsteps of the Marines Walk/Run
Instead of running Memorial Day we will provide additional support for the annual In the footsteps of the Marines walk/run - organised by the Kapiti Joggers and Walkers on Sunday May 26. Read more ...
Wellington Memorial Day service at Pukeahu
For those who like to attend the Memorial Day service, at Old St Pauls in Wellington, we’re sorry this will also change, because the cathedral is closed for earthquake strengthening. An alternative, more streamlined service will be held at the U.S.Memorial in Pukeahu - the National War Memorial Park at 12 noon on Tuesday May 28.
Help fund a memorial seat for John Porter
The Trust is coordinating a campaign to raise $3,000 to buy a memorial seat for the late John Porter who died in Paraparaumu recently.
John has made a significant contribution to the Paekakariki community over the past 70 years. Most notably, he spear-headed the campaign to save Whareroa Farm and keep the land in public ownership and also campaigned against moves to establish motor-racing in Queen Elizabeth Park.
John Porter gave over 60 years’ service to the Paekakariki Surf Lifesaving Club and to Surf Lifesaving New Zealand, he served on the Paekakariki School Board, was Deputy Chair of the Paekakariki Community Board, a former Chair of the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park, a Trustee of the Whareroa Guardians and a Trustee of the Kapiti US Marines Trust. He was a regular contributor to the Paekakariki Xpressed and regularly wrote fascinating, history stories that kept the community in touch with its past and helped it make good decisions about its future.
The seat will be placed in the shelter of a grove of trees at US Marines Memorial site off Whareroa Road in Queen Elizabeth Park. It will be a companion to other seats for other significant Kapiti sons and daughters, like John Lancashire, Daphne Steelle and Jean Luke - who have contributed to the Coast and to the park.