First visit to NZ in 72 years – US veterans view wartime films

americans at film archive may 2014
The US veterans in the Film Archive cafe after today’s screening.

News from NZ Film Archive
Today the Film Archive in Wellington today welcomed some special guests – six American World War II veterans, who were stationed in camps in the Kapiti and Porirua districts during the war and have returned to visit New Zealand for the first time in 72 years.

They watched wartime footage from the Film Archive collection, including films of the American marines arriving in Wellington Harbour, in camp at Camp Russell (now Queen Elizabeth Park), playing baseball with kiwi troops at Athletic Park, and on leave at various locations around New Zealand.

The veterans are visiting Wellington on their way to Tarawa, in the Republic of Kiribati, where they are travelling to repatriate the remains of 25 of their fellow marines who lost their lives there during the war.

Their trip is funded by The Greatest Generations Foundation (TGGF) and Mark Noah of History Flight Inc.


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