A ceremony on Petone Beach on 13 November 2016 to remember those souls of all nations who sailed over the sea, may have fought at sea and may have died at sea during the First World War.
The Wreath Laying in the Waves WW1 Remembrance Service is a citizen’s service being held at Petone Beach to lay wreaths in the waves to remember those souls of all nations who sailed over the sea, may have fought at sea and may have died at sea during the First World War. The service is being held on Remembrance Sunday 13 November and follows Armistice Day commemorations for 2016. It also recognises the Royal New Zealand Navy’s 75th anniversary being celebrated during November 2016. Members of the public are welcome to attend and will be invited to lay their own floral tributes in the waves during the service. The service will feature young people of the TS Tamatoa Sea Cadets and St James Sea Scout Group.
The event begins at 1.30pm when Sea Cadets will lower the flag to half-mast at TS Tamatoa. The 7th Wellington Battalion Band will play on Petone Beach in front of TS Tamatoa beside Petone Wharf. At 2pm the Cook Strait ferry MV Straitsman will arrive off Petone and sound her horn as a maritime salute. The service will commence and be conducted by the Port Chaplain and RNZN Chaplain. Dignitaries will present floral tributes that remember the souls of all nations and the oceans and seas that they sailed over during the First World War. TS Tamatoa Sea Cadets and St James Sea Scouts will launch dinghies from Petone Beach. The dinghies will be rowed offshore, crew will lay the floral tributes in the waves and “Up Oars” as a naval salute. Light refreshments will be served at TS Tamatoa’s quarters after the service.
The service complements another First World War commemorative event being held in Petone in November. The naval war art exhibition Ahoy! WW1 naval artists Lieutenants Esmond & Hal Atkinson RNVR is being held at Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery, 223 The Esplanade from November 3 – 23, open daily from 10am -5pm with free entry.
These events are sponsored by Hutt City Council, Lottery Grants Board, New Zealand Micrographic Services, NEC New Zealand, Royal New Zealand Navy and Alfred Memelink Artspace Gallery.