The Melanesian Martyrs' Memorial Church of St Andrews

Pentecost 25b, 2018 – Remembrance Sunday, The Armistice Centenary

The armistice that ended the First World War in 1918 took place at 11am on 11th  November.  On that day 100 years ago today, after four years of brutal conflict, war finally gave way to peace.  The First World War had taken a huge toll on New Zealand. Around 100,000 New Zealanders – or ten percent of our population at the time – served overseas during the war, and over 18,000 lost their lives.  Families and communities back home felt these losses acutely.  When news of the Armistice reached our shores it was met with thanksgiving, hopefulness and joyous noise.  At 11am today, following a two-minute silence Church’s around our country will be ringing their bells as they did 100 years ago when the armistice was announced in New Zealand.  We will be joining in by ringing our bell here at St. Andrew’s.  The Armistice centenary gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the loss and trauma of the First World War, as well as reflect on peace and hope at the centenary of its closure. As well as joining together in    remembrance, we can recapture the relief and jubilation of that important day a century ago and focus on peace.  Pentecost 25b 18 – Remembrace Sunday