Haere Ra – Ted Picard
Theodore (Ted) Picard, one of three U.S.Navy veterans who returned to Kapiti in 2012 to honour his ten mates who drowned in a tragic landing exercise off Paekakariki Beach during World War II, died in Hatfield (Maine) on November 9, aged 97.
The three men forged a life-long friendship in the Navy. Mr Picard was coxswain (driver) of an LCVP loaded with Marines in combat gear, Ray Plante was on the ship itself, and Frank Zalot was in the beach party of 25 sailors whose task was to manage the flotilla after landing their human cargo.
Recent visitors to the US Marines Memorial
Recent visitors to the US Marines Memorial were the new US Ambassador Scott Brown, his wife Gail and Sherry Cavanaugh.
The group also visited the Paekakariki Railway station and the US Marines walk in Whareroa Farm.
More photos available at US Embassy Flickr
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.