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New Zealand Holds World War I 100-Gun Salute in Capital

New Zealand Holds World War I 100-Gun Salute in Capital

Monday marked the 100-year anniversary of when New Zealand entered World War I on Aug. 4, 1914.

New Zealanders who lost their lives during the first World War were remembered Monday morning as a 100-gun salute was fired off on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

The ceremony, held in New Zealand’s capital of Wellington, drew hundreds of spectators who honored the memory of those lost, according to Stuff.co.nz.

Aug. 4, 1914 was the day New Zealand entered World War I, which killed 18,000 Kiwis and injured 40,000 more.

The 100-gun salute to mark a century since the start of World War I went off without a hitch this morning, except for one of the 10 guns refusing to fire.

“Apart from that, it all seemed to go fine,” Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Shaw, commanding officer of the 16th Field Regiment, told Stuff.co.nz. “People turned out in their droves, lining the waterfront in front of Frank Kitts Park and beside Te Papa.”

“This is a great reflection of the importance New Zealanders place in the event,” Shaw said.

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