Chilly weather for WWI commemorations

04:17, Aug 04 2014
WWI commemorations P North
WW1 commemoration service in the square. Lt Col Hamish Gibbons chief of staff HQ 1st NZ Bdg.

The biting chill of Palmerston North's wind couldn't deter the small gathering of veterans who turned out to commemorate 100 years since the start of World War 1.

About 70 people gathered around the cenotaph, in The Square, to remember those who served, both at home and abroad, after war Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914.

Palmerston North City Council Deputy Mayor Jim Jefferies called the war one of the''most significant events of the 20th century''.

It sowed the seeds for New Zealand to become an independent nation, he said.

Following the declaration of war, about 10 per cent of New Zealand's 1 million population joined the battle.

Of those, 18,000 died and 14,000 were wounded.

It had a huge impact on the country, he said.

''Nearly every New Zealand family at that time was effected in some way.''

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