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Traditional No’oanga in memory of fallen soldier

Thursday February 07, 2019 Written by Published in Local
Traditional No’oanga in memory of fallen soldier

A Cook Islands traditional chair was presented to the In Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium in remembrance of Kiro Luke Adam, the only Cook islander to be buried in Belgium during World War I.

 

A memorial service for the Rarotongan-born soldier was held just outside Ypres early on Tuesday morning (CI Time).

Adam was serving with the Maori Battalion at the time of his death.

According to New Zealand’s Pilgrimage Trust, the service was organised by the Friends of the In Flanders Fields Museum and included addresses by trust members Freddy Declerck and Marijke Vandevyvere.

The traditional Cook Islands chair, a No’oanga, will join the museum’s collection of chairs representing the nationalities of all who died in Belgium, was at the graveside for the New Irish Farm service.

 

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