On 29 October 2015, New Zealand will recognise the outstanding contribution of four Belgians for their services to New Zealand-Belgium relations and war commemorations in a ceremony in Poperinge.
New Zealand recognised the outstanding contribution of four Belgians in June 2015, making them Honorary Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit for their services to New Zealand-Belgium relations and war commemorations. On 29 October the four will be formally invested in the presence of the New Zealand Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, at a ceremony at Talbot House, Poperinge.
The four to be invested – Mr Freddy Declerck, Mr Sandy Evrard, Mr Benoit Mottrie and Mr Steven Reynaert – have played an integral part in promoting the remembrance of the Allied forces, and New Zealand in particular, in Belgium during the Great War.
The four will receive the New Zealand Order of Merit at Talbot House (Gasthuisstraat 43, 8970) on Thursday 29 October 2015 at 15:45.
Prior to the ceremony, New Zealand Prime Minister, the Right Honourable John Key, will be laying a wreath at the New Zealand Memorial to the Missing at Tyne Cot Cemetery at 15:15.