This is something to look out for in the coming days. Remembrance events are usually in April here in NZ, but given we are looking at 100 years since the end of the Great War, there are November 11th things happening this year.
After a nationwide two-minute silence at 11am, a “roaring chorus” is being encouraged- where everyone is invited to make as much noise as possible. This phrase originates from a report in the Evening Post in Wellington from 100 years ago that covered th e public’s spontaneous reaction to the news of peace. It described a scene of “songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings, and tootings and rattlings – a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds.”
There will be a big televised event with Jacinda at the helm – and no doubt Legs & Co dressed as WWI soldiers will lead the celebrations*. What interests me is how widespread this will be. There was a national period of silence following the big Christchurch earthquake of 2011 which was very widely observed but that was very raw and recent in everyone’s mind.
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