This year is the 75th anniversary of the arrival of American Marines in New Zealand. Over 15,000 lived in three camps in the Paekakariki area and one of the huts they lived in has been restored by the Waikanae MenzShed. On Thursday of last week this hut was moved to the US Marines Memorial in Queen Elizabeth Park.
It will be officially “opened” at the US Memorial Day Service on Monday 29 May. The service starts at 10.00am and members of the public are very welcome.
The other key event in this year’s celebrations is on Sunday 28 May: the In the Footsteps of the Marines event. This 13.2km run or walk follows an old Marines route march and starts at Whareroa Farm. It costs $25 to enter and this can be done at enteronline. Proceeds will be going to local organisations and charities.