Armistice Day Parade, Waimate, 1918; 1918; P126
Armistice Day Parade, Waimate, 1918About this object
Armistice Celebrations WWI outside Waimate Post Office in Queen Street, Waimate, 13 November 1918. The ringing of the bells of the local Post Office announced the eagerly awaited news that Germany had signed the Armistice on the terms imposed by the Allies.
No sooner had the Post Office flag been hoisted than a crowd began to gather on the main street. Strings of flags and bunting were hoisted along shop fronts and atop office buildings. The Waimate Brass and Pipe Bands led a victory march and joined the gathering throngs of jubliant people. Waimate dignitaries including the Mayor Mr George Dash addressed the assembled crowd, Mr Dash reading the official message from Prime Minister Mr Massey. In light of the celebration buisnesses chose to make the day a holiday. Further official celebrations would follow in July 1919 when communities throughout New Zealand organised special Peace Day commemorations.
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How to cite this page: P126, URL: http://www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3188/object/546383, updated 28 July, 2015]
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