US Marine Band plays in Wellington's Civic Square

03:33, Jun 14 2012

The US Marine Forces Pacific Band played in Wellington's Civic Square today to mark 70 years since US troops landed here during World War II.

The US marines landed in New Zealand in 1940, six months after war broke out in the Pacific.

Between June 1942 and midway through 1944 there were 45,000 American troops stationed across New Zealand at any one time.

Today the band played in chilly conditions to lunchtime crowds as part of the anniversary celebrations.

The Hawaii-based band has 50 members who are marines from across the United States.

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