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This Memorial at Pyes Pa Cemetery was the result of collaboration between RSA Tauranga and Veterans Affairs, Wellington to remember those who fought and continue to fight for our Country and way of life.

If you have attended an ANZAC Memorial service you will know how much it means to our Veterans to be remembered.

2008 was the 90th anniversary year of the end of WW I.  The memorial is dedicated to the 'Year of the Veteran 2006' .  Veterans Affairs Wellington contributed funding towards the Memorial.

The inscription chosen by the RSA is the poem Flanders Fields by John McCrae. The poem was written as he reflected on the humanity of war in the heat of battle at the Ypres Salient (Paschendale) in World War 1.

'In Flanders Fields' first appeared in Punch magazine on the 8th December 1915. John McCrae, a Canadian doctor, was brought up in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He served in the Canadian contingent in the South African War in 1900 and he volunteered to serve in France in 1914. He saw extensive service in dressing stations and hospitals in France and Flanders.

Exhausted by his work and the stresses of war Lt Colonel McCrae died of pneumonia and meningitis on the 28th January 1918 aged 45 and he is buried at Wimereux Cemetery near Boulogne.

 

In Flanders Fields

Dedication of war memorial In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Last Reviewed: 19/04/2017