Topic: Veteran Memorial (Pyes Pa Cemetery, Tauranga)

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The Granite Soldier and Stone Plaque at Pyes Pa Cemetery in Tauranga are together known as the Veteran Memorial. The memorial was unveiled on Sunday, 20 August 2008, as part of the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I (1914-1918). Text and photographs: Debbie McCauley (2015).

The Veterans Memorial includes the Granite Soldier and a two metre tall Stone PlaqueThey were unveiled in 2008 to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918.

Granite Soldier (Pyes Pa Cemetery) ........
Elliot Funeral Services owner Neil Gedge donated the $20,000 Granite Soldier statue, whilst the Stone Plaque was a collaboration between Tauranga RSA and Veterans Affairs in Wellington. The intention was to remember those who fought and continue to fight for New Zealand and our way of life. The Stone Plaque was dedicated to the 'Year of the Veteran 2006' which allowed funding to be secured from Veterans Affairs.

Granite Soldier (Pyes Pa Cemetery) ........

Granite Soldier inscriptions:

  • LEST WE FORGET. This memorial marks the Year of the Veteran. It is dedicated to those New Zealand Servicemen and women and all their allies who have served in all conflicts and peace keeping mission that the New Zealand armed forces have been involved in. This memorial was erected through the generosity of Elliots Funeral Services.
  • The men are wonderful. The world never saw better men, or braver, I am sure. William G. Malone 27.4.1915.
  • Many Oceans Nurture The Graves of Heroic Sailors. Twighlight and evenign bell, And after that the dark, And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark. For though from out our borne of time and place, The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face, When I have crossed the bar. Tennyson.
  • Never in the field of human conflict, have so many owed so much to so few. Churchill.

Granite Soldier (Pyes Pa Cemetery)

Tauranga RSA chose the inscription for the Stone Plaque which is the poem 'Flanders Fields' by John McCrae. A Canadian medic, McCrae wrote the poem as he reflected on the humanity of war in the heat of battle at the Ypres Salient (Paschendale) during World War I.

Stone Plaque (Pyes Pa Cemetery)

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

Stone Plaque (Pyes Pa Cemetery)

Nga parae a whanara

Pupuhi nga puti i nga parae a whanara
Waenga nga rarangi ripeka
He mauhara; kei te rangi
Waiata toa rere ana nga manu
Kore tino rongo ratou ro pu ki raro

Kua wairua matou; nga ra tata muri
I ora rongo hapara kitea rapa tonga
Aroha atu aroha mai moe pumau
i nga parae a whanara

Hapai to taua tohe ki te riri
Whiua ringa kahakore kia koe
Te rama; nahau hei hiki
A whati pono waenga taua
Kore matou moe uktuki aha te tupu o nga
Puti ki nga parae a whanara



Stone soldier stands over war dead (New Zealand Herald, 22 April 2008).

Veteran Memorial (Tauranga City Council, 2014).

Visiting day at Pyes Pa Cemetery (poem).


How to cite this page: McCauley, Debbie (2015). Veteran Memorial (Pyes Pa Cemetery). Retrieved from (Tauranga Memories, last updated: *insert date*). In-text citation: (McCauley, 2015)

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Veteran Memorial (Pyes Pa Cemetery, Tauranga)

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