Tuesday, June 01, 2010

US Memorial Day in New Zealand

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US Embassy New Zealand
Monday (US time) was Memorial Day in the US, and that was today here in New Zealand. The US Embassy held two events to mark the day: A service in Wellington and a flag raising at Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki.

The flag raising ceremony was held to mark the formation of the Kapiti US Marines Trust to preserve the history of the US marines on the Kapiti Coast during World War Two.

Most countries' embassies or high commissions host events related to their home countries, sometimes relating them to New Zealand, as the Kapiti ceremony did. Typically, though, such official events are held in the host country's capital.

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