Armistice commemorative concert
by Mike Isle
At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns that had been firing on the battlefields of Western Europe for four long years, finally fell silent as Germany surrendered and signed an armistice (peace treaty) with the Allied powers.
A Commemorative Peace Concert will be held at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand on Sunday, November 11 from 10.30am to 12.30pm with Affiliated Organisations of the Christchurch Civic Music Council.
“This Sunday offers an opportunity to get involved in the nationwide commemorations of one of the most significant moments in our country’s history,” says museum communications manager, Michelle Sim.“It is hard to imagine the overwhelming sense of joy and relief that people felt on that day 100 years ago when the most brutal war in human history finally came to an end. For many, it was an occasion to celebrate, but for others, it was tinged with great sadness, as they came to terms with the loss of loved ones.
“Just like Anzac Day, this is a chance to reflect on the cost of war, but there’s also a sense of celebration — we can rediscover the feelings they experienced a century ago of joy, relief and hope for the future.”
There will be an outdoor ceremony, led by the Woolston Brass Band and representatives from the New Zealand Defence Force, commencing at 10.40am for two minute’s silence at 11.00am.
People will also be invited to make their way past a carpet of stunning red poppies, to the Museum’s Aircraft Hall, where the Armistice Concert for Peace will commence.
This free variety concert will feature performances by Music Canterbury affiliates, including Woolston Brass and Christchurch City Choir.
More information is available at musiccanterbury.co.nz.