In Conversation with Liam Kennedy, Australian Youth Speaker at the National Commemorative Service, Anzac Day 2018, in Wellington
Welcome to Trans-Tasman Tales, the free podcast by the Australian High Commission in New Zealand.
In today’s episode Australian Defence Adviser Captain Christine Clarke is with Australian Youth Speaker Liam Kennedy, talking about the importance of Anzac Day. Liam represented Australia at the National Commemorative Service in Wellington this year.
The full episode is available here.
By Alison Duncan
As the Passchendaele bell tolled at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park last Thursday, thousands of paper poppies poured from the top of the carillon over the heads of the assembled public. They were there to commemorate the centenary of New Zealand’s bloodiest day of battle, 12 October 1917, when 950 New Zealanders were killed or mortally wounded on the Western Front.
Two years ago, I undertook a pilgrimage to the Somme with my Kiwi fiancé and our baby son. I’m not a religious person and I don’t bandy about the term ‘pilgrimage’. But as the great granddaughter of a Somme veteran and the fiancée of a former New Zealand army officer, there was indeed something of the spiritual in our passage around those beautiful green fields of France.