We all know that life is simply better with friends, and this project has had some pretty special ones on the journey. They come from all walks of life, all over the planet. Some have donated funds, others their expertise or time. However, many of our friends are people who simply see what we are trying to achieve and want to show their support. Every team needs cheerleaders on the side lines.
We would love you to add your name to our growing list of friends and show your love for the project. When you do so, you’re welcome to leave a message, or even add a photo. You might be remembering someone in WWI perhaps? Or just add your name to the team, plain and simple. You’ll have the option to join our database, so we can keep you up to date with progress. Thanks for your friendship. We appreciate it!
My father Sapper Bill (WR) Young served as a signaller with the NZ Division across Northern France in 1918, including at Le Quesnoy. I created the ‘Victory Medal’ sculpture to honour “all our heroes in WW1.”
The ‘Victory ‘Medal’ sculpture installation has toured throughout NZ and to three battlefield towns on the Western Front. I was honoured that it was used as a focal point for the centenary event at Le Quesnoy.
I have been to Le Quesnoy three times and loved the NZ connection. Therese’s parents survived the grim occupation, and it was fascinating to talk with her. Le Quesnoy will be our New Zealand home on the Western Front.
New Zealand and France have strong links in the North of France. And seeing that this link goes on, more than 100 years after the end of WWI, is really impressive and a positive sign for future generations: resilience and courage from the past shall send a positive message to create a peaceful future. And not forgetting our past and common history means we prevent repeating the mistakes from yesterday.
Le Quesnoy is such a special place. I can’t believe I didn’t learn about it growing up. It’s so surreal to walk through this small town in France and see Kiwi flags in windows and Kiwi street names, murals and plaques. The people of Le Quesnoy have never forgotten they were liberated by New Zealand soldiers in the last week of World War I. Every Kiwi should visit Le Quesnoy when in Europe to explore the town and learn about this fascinating part of our history.
It’s such an amazing story and a perfect place to celebrate all things NZ as well as the bravery of the soldiers.
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