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Gun salute, silence, cacophony, and service to mark Armistice centenary

Report from RNZ
The guns have gone quiet and a two minute silence has been observed to mark the moment our World War 1 soldiers put down their weapons 100 years ago.

On November 11, 1918 the fighting ceased at 11am after the Allied Powers and Germany signed the Armistice.

A gun salute was held on the Wellington waterfront with soldiers firing each of the 10 cannons, stationed outside Te Papa, 10 times. The guns fell silent at 11am as they did 100 years ago. Following the two-minute silence at 11am, there was a cacophony of sound to replicate how the public responded to news of the Armistice in 1918.

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Photo: FNZ

At the same time, hundreds turned out for a service at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park with the Prime Minister and Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy in attendance.

A small service with soldiers was also held at Pukeahu at dawn.

The Remembrance Wreath was carried by members of the defence force and was placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Medals were also placed on the tomb, followed by a waiata and the last post.

The commemorations will finish at 7:30pm with a Sunset Ceremony at Pukeahu. The final last post of the centenary will be played at 8.15pm.