Handmaid joins in World War One Dawn Parade
Press release: Handmaid joins in World War One Dawn
As the grand finale in the World War One centenary series, the 2018 Dawn Parade promised to be quite the spectacle – hundreds of Wellingtonians gathered early this morning at war memorial park for the service. Many of those gathered may have been surprised to see a young woman in handmaids’ attire at the back of the Parade procession. As surrogates and domestic servants, handmaids do not usually participate in military processions and events.
I asked the handmaid what she was doing at the Dawn Parade. “I am here to participate in the ceremony,” she stated simply, adding that it is important that handmaids play their role in “honouring the glorious dead” who “gave their lives for God and country” during the “Great War”.
Still finding her
appearance rather mysterious, I asked the handmaid what
significance the ceremony – remembering those who died
during the Allied invasion of Gallipoli in 1915 – might
have for a woman of her station. “I am not permitted to
speak on such matters,” she said, quickly departing after
bowing her head and uttering the words “Under His