Archive for August, 2011
Friday, August 26th, 2011
The Make A Wish Foundation helped four year old Lance Akehurst make his wish to travel and visit family and friends in a campervan come true. Luckily for the National Army Museum, Lance, his sister Amy, and their Mum and Dad, decided they would love to stop and visit us along the way.
Knowing of their imminent arrival, the Education Team prepared a couple of rank identifying badges, and some exciting activities and goodies for the family. Lance and Amy particularly loved dressing up in Army DPM’s (uniform) in the Kids HQ, and having a ride on the M548 tracked carge carrier.
“Make -A-Wish grants the wishes of children (3-17 years) with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Granting a wish creates a piece of pure magic which can provide an escape for children and their families facing the most challenging times”. (Make A Wish Foundation)
Monday, August 22nd, 2011
The story of New Zealand’s wartime rugby playing hereos is the focus of an exciting new exhibition, “Khaki & Black – New Zealand’s Rugby Supremacy in Times of War” which was opened on Saturday.
Who better to open such an exhibition than two of the four remaining members of the famous 1945-46 “Kiwis” Army Rugby Team, rugby great Stan Young and All Black legend Bob Scott.
Bob Scott, arguably one of New Zealand’s best fullbacks to have worn the All Black jersey true to history took off his shoes and socks and together with Stan Young, a forward they both kicked a goal to open the exhibition.
At the end of the war in 1945, a rugby team was selected from the battlefields of North Africa and Europe following a series of trials. The team played with determination and pride in the ‘silver fern’ on their jerseys and soon became known as “The Kiwis”. Freyberg fostered the idea of playing a brand of attacking rugby that thrilled the crowds and raised morale in war-torn Europe, and thus the Kiwis created a renewed interest in the great game of rugby.
It was both an honour and a pleasure to meet these 2 gentlemen who were very entertaining, providing staff at the Museum with not only some great stories of the rugby and war years but also plenty of laughs. Special thanks to Stan, Bob and Bob’s son Bruce.