Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thames (NZ): Armistice Day, Steam Punk and much more

Well the town continues to rock, and with the influx of 'Victorian Dressed' people of all ages, you could easily imagine you had stepped back in time.

There was however one sad moment today...the Armistice Commemorations had been moved to the WWI Peace Memorial because of the Steam Punk activities. Which was fine in theory, but tinged with sadness when not even the usual 11am sounding of the town's fire siren took place...a small reminder to the town that yes it was indeed ARMISTICE DAY!

This was the 99th year since Armistice Day, next year will commemorate the 100th year since the ending of World War One in 1918. "Armistice Day acknowledges the World War I ceasefire at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that ended four years of fighting." (NZ Herald)
 ABOVE: Thames War Memorial Civic Centre
BELOW: The WWI Peace Memorial on the Waiotahi Spur

Now to the other event in the town. the following are photographs of the Steam Punk Parade.