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Colourful parade of flags marks Remembrance Sunday

Remembrance Day service at St Pauls Cathedral
Remembrance Day service at St Pauls Cathedral (WN-10-0235-005)

15 November 2010

In addition to observing Armistice Day on 11 November, Remembrance Sunday has become a universal day to honour the men and women who sacrificed their lives during service to their country, and to remember New Zealand Defence Force personnel who are currently deployed on operational service overseas.

The National Remembrance Sunday service was held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul’s on Sunday the 14th of November. The service which was conducted by the Very Reverend Frank Nelson, Dean of Wellington, was attended by invited guests, Defence personnel, members of the diplomatic corps, members of the Police and parishioners.

The service began with an impressive flag parade including the New Zealand flag, the Queen’s Colour of the Royal New Zealand Navy, the Regimental Colours and banners of the NZ Army and the Queen’s Colour and the Squadron standards of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  The Service of hymns, prayers and readings included the lighting of the Peace Candle by three young cadet force personnel and a police recruit.

Remembrance Sunday was introduced after the Second World War, when Britain and New Zealand agreed that Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day to commemorate the war dead. Remembrance Sunday is now observed on the second Sunday of November.

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