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Centenary of the Liberation of Le Quesnoy National Ceremony

New Zealand will mark the centenary of its last significant action in the First World War with a national ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on 4 November 2018.

The historic fortified French town of Le Quesnoy, under German occupation from 1914, was famously liberated by the New Zealand Division on 4 November 1918. Although there were no civilian losses, more than 100 New Zealand soldiers died during the battle around Le Quesnoy.
To this day, the town of Le Quesnoy continues to mark the important role that New Zealand played in its history. Streets are named after New Zealand places, there is a New Zealand memorial and a primary school bears the name of a New Zealand soldier. Visiting New Zealanders are sure to receive a warm welcome from the locals.
Public access to the ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial will be restricted due to the limited space inside the Hall of Memories. You can view the live stream of the ceremony below or on the WW100 Facebook page.
Information about the Le Quesnoy centenary commemorations in France can be viewed here

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Date added: 04 September 2018 | Last updated: 09 November 2018