For the next three years, a Last Post ceremony will be held every evening at the National War Memorial in Wellington, for which New Zealanders have a unique opportunity to be a part of.
Until Armistice Day 2018, a nightly ceremony will be held, which builds up to the centenary of World War I. At the ceremony New Zealanders can volunteer to read the Ode of Remembrance in Maori or English and if they are good enough they will have the opportunity to play the bugle. Defence Force director of heritage commemorations and protocol John Macleod hopes that the NZ public will rise to the challenge and take up this volunteering opportunity.
At special occasions, the Ode can be read in a third language. Such occasions may include national language weeks, for which during Nuiean national language week the Ode was translated and read by Revered Tom Etuata.
The ceremony will take place every night at 5 o’clock and it is a great time for us al the remember the Ode and sacrifice made by these men.