Join us for Memorial Weekend 2018
Memorial Weekend 2018 (May 27-28) commemorates the 76th Anniversary of the “friendly invasion” of U.S.Armed Services during World War II. This year’s event will focus on the departure of the Marines in 1943.
In late October 1943 Marines began embarking on transport ships in Wellington harbour and night-time ‘liberty boats were seen taking men back to shore for fond goodbyes. At dawn on November 1, white sheets waved as a last farewell from Seatoun Beach and the Amanda sailed.
For those who lived through these times, their friends, children and grandchildren this is a great time to learn more about World War II U.S.Marines history: visit the US Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park, the Marines Heritage walk in Whareroa Farm or the Friend In Need exhibition at the Paekakariki Station Museum.
The In the Footsteps of the Marines a scenic hilly run or walk on Sunday, 27 May 2018, following the challenging route march described by Leon Uris in "Battle Cry." The event kicks off at 9am from Whareroa Farm.
Our annual Memorial Day Service in Queen Elizabeth Park (Monday May 28) starting at 10am (sharp) to 11am with refreshments to follow at the newly opened Ramaroa Centre.
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 bond between Kapiti people and the Marines during this time.
Join us and find out more about how the Marines lived and trained on our land from 1942-43. Members of the community and visitors from the region are warmly welcome.
Jenny Rowan steps down as Trust Chair
Founder of the Kapiti US Marines Trust, Jenny Rowan recently resigned as Chair of the Trust after eight years in the role. Ms Rowan founded the Trust in 2010, while serving as Mayor of Kapiti. She will be replaced by the Deputy Chair, Richard Benge, who has also served on the Trust since its inception. Mr Benge is the CEO of Arts Access Aotearoa.
Pearl Harbour Survivor to attend Memorial Day Service
Jack Rogo, a 97 year old survivor of Pearl Harbour, will be a “star” guest at this year’s Memorial Day service at the US Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.
Trust Chair Richard Benge says “it’s exciting and fitting” to have Mr Rogo visit because the service always has a strong focus on the remembering the ten US seamen who lost their lives in “the Landing Tragedy” on Paekakariki beach in 1943.
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.