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New Zealand Memorial, London

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The New Zealand War Memorial in London is a memorial to the war dead of New Zealand in the First and Second World Wars, unveiled in 2006. Officially named "Southern Stand", the memorial was designed by architect John Hardwick-Smith and sculptor Paul Dibble, both from New Zealand.It is located on the Piccadilly side of Hyde Park Corner, northeast of the Wellington Arch, and is diagonally opposite the Australian War Memorial. The traffic island also houses an Equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington, the Machine Gun Corps Memorial and the Royal Artillery Memorial.BackgroundThe memorial was established to commemorate "the enduring bond between New Zealand and the United Kingdom", and the lives lost by the two countries during the two World Wars. Dibble said:Thousands of soldiers from New Zealand served with the British Army in South Africa during the Boer War, at Gallipoli and on the Western Front during the First World War, and the Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force served in England, the Middle East and Italy in the Second World War. Hundreds of New Zealanders also served in the Royal Flying Corps, Royal Air Force, and Royal Navy, including the battlecruiser HMS New Zealand and the light cruiser HMS Achilles. Prominent wartime commanders with connections to New Zealand included Bernard Freyberg and Keith Park.
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  • Unveiled in 2006, the "steel beams" are now here in the park. Most people walk by carelessly. The wars are, thank God, too much in the past.
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  • In my opinion, of course. What guided the authors (New zealanders!) I personally find it difficult to understand. It seems that there are enough original symbols in New zealand that are able to perpetuate the feat of fallen soldiers. The memorial was unveiled by the late Elizabeth II on Armistice Day on November 11, 2006. Part of the pillars stuck on the footpath intentionally, that passers-by would stop and look at them carefully. They, by the way, have a cross-section.
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  • This memorial was opened at Hyde Park Corner, London, on 11 November 2006 to commemorate the relationship of New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It featured representations of New Zealand flora and fauna, including the fern. Six of the bronze standards were arranged in the shape of the Southern Cross constellation and its two 'pointer' stars. At night the tops of the standards are illuminated to resemble the stars pointing southwards. The Southern Cross, the dominant symbol on the New Zealand flag, was also used on the tomb of the unknown warrior, which was opened in 2004 at the national war memorial in Wellington.
  • Had to visit this and was impressed, though surprised at the nz marketing on sculpture.
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