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Navy Holds Annual Memorial Service at Bridge of Remembrance

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Thursday, 16 December 2010

Navy Holds Annual Memorial Service at the Bridge of Remembrance

The Navy will be holding its annual Memorial Service at the Bridge of Remembrance to recognise the loss of life from HMS NEPTUNE and those who have lost their lives at sea in service to New Zealand.

What: Naval Memorial Service

When: Sunday 19th of December 2010 at 10:30am.

Where: Bridge of Remembrance, Christchurch City.

The service will commence with a parade from Ballentynes, along Cashel Mall to the Bridge of Remembrance. Participating in the parade will be Naval Reservists from HMNZS PEGASUS and Sea Cadets, who will be accompanied by the 2 Cants NMWC Band.

The master of ceremonies for the memorial service is Naval Reservist Lieutenant Mark Hadlow and there will be a welcoming speech by Christchurch Mayor, Bob Parker. The main address will be given by Captain John Tucker, the Maritime Logistics Commander.

In 1941 during the Second World War, HMS NEPTUNE ran into an uncharted minefield in the Mediterranean, off Tripoli, and sunk with the loss of all but one member of the 766 crew. There were 150 Royal New Zealand Navy crew members on board.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend the service, particularly those who have a Navy connection within their family; past or present.

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