It is the 100 year commemoration today of the start of the Great War.
The total number of New Zealand troops and nurses to serve overseas between 1914–1918 was 100,444, from a population of just over a million.
Forty-two percent of men of age served in the NZEF or New Zealand Expeditionary Force. 16,697 of those were killed and 41,317 were wounded during the war – a casualty rate of nearly 60 percent meaning New Zealand had one of the highest casualty and death rates of any country involved in the war.
As a man, a father and an employer of young men I cannot begin to imagine the impact this event would have had.
We cannot ever forget their sacrifice.