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70th Anniversary - since US Troops in NZ

2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the arrival of American forces in New Zealand during WWII. With so few veterans left the Embassy has decided this is an important anniversary to commemorate and will be marking it with a series of events during May and June this year. This will include Memorial Day events, a visiting Marine Corps historian, official NZ Government commemorations and the visit of a Marine Corps band.

Eleanor Roosevelt was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She was also an advocate for human and civil rights. She was made a delegate to the UN General Assembly and played a key role in in drafting the Universal declaration of human rights. She also was a key figure in John F. Kennedy's Presidential Commission on the status of women.

War Memorial at Island Bay where the plaque is situated facing out to sea.

The gleaming restored Plaque at Island Bay.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt paying a surprise visit to Rotorua, Wellington, and Auckland to support the troops. Click through for image source.

MARFORPAC Performance at the Geodome, June 21, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

Independence Day Celebrations in Christchurch, June 22, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

Independence Day Celebrations in Christchurch, June 22, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

Independence Day Celebrations in Christchurch, June 22, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

Independence Day Celebrations in Christchurch, June 22, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

Independence Day Celebrations in Christchurch, June 22, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

Independence Day Celebrations in Christchurch, June 22, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

Mondays are turning into very festive days for us at the Embassy and Consulate General. This past Monday we again threw a party, welcoming more than 400 guests to the stunning Events Centre on the top floor of Auckland War Memorial Museum. Once again we were celebrating the 236th Independence Day of the United States of America as well as the 70th anniversary of the arrival of American armed forces to help defend New Zealand during World War II.

Mondays are turning into very festive days for us at the Embassy and Consulate General. This past Monday we again threw a party, welcoming more than 400 guests to the stunning Events Centre on the top floor of Auckland War Memorial Museum. Once again we were celebrating the 236th Independence Day of the United States of America as well as the 70th anniversary of the arrival of American armed forces to help defend New Zealand during World War II.

Instagram - “Combined trombones nailing The Stars & Stripes Forever.” via Ambassador Huebner

MARFORPAC Band Performance at La Vida, Riccarton, June 20, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

MARFORPAC Band Performance at La Vida, Riccarton, June 20, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

MARFORPAC Band Performance at La Vida, Riccarton, June 20, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

MARFORPAC Band Performance at La Vida, Riccarton, June 20, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

MARFORPAC Band Performance at La Vida, Riccarton, June 20, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr

MARFORPAC Band Performance at La Vida, Riccarton, June 20, 2012 by US Embassy New Zealand, via Flickr