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.
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.