New Zealand Consulate-General Noumea, New Caledonia
Anzac ceremonies in Bourail, Noumea and Papeete
Anzac ceremonies were held at the New Zealand war Cemetery at Bourail on 24 April and at a dawn service in Noumea at the Croix de Lorraine Memorial on 25 April.
Also participating were the Consulates General of New Zealand and Australia, the French High Commission, the French Armed Forces in New Caledonia, the New Caledonian Veterans’ Association, government representatives, the local municipalities and schoolchildren. The Noumea ceremony was also attended by visiting students from Logan Park High School in Dunedin, and visiting New Zealanders made the trip to Bourail as well as attending the Noumea event. In Papeete, the Anzac Day ceremony, organised by the honorary Consuls of New Zealand and Australia, is traditionally held at the Uranie cemetery, Papeete in presence of local authorities.
In the 99th year of the Gallipoli campaign, this year’s commemorations take place in the context of the centenary of the “Great War”, what was to be “the war to end all wars”. The importance of passing on to future generations the enduring memory and the meaning of the sacrifice made in war was underscored by the presence of so many children at the three ceremonies, which attracted a lot of attention, as while this is now a common phenomenon in New Zealand, it is not so much so in France or in New Caledonia.