National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum


Tears on Greenstone — Roimata Pounamu Memorial Wall

“We will remember them…”

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Visitors paying their respects at the Roimata Pounamu: Tears on Greenstone Memorial Wall

The National Army Museum’s Greenstone Memorial Wall is a unique interpretation of the New Zealand Roll of Honour. It commemorates the sacrifice of more than 30,000 men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Merchant Marine in the service of their country.

The Greenstone Wall features an audio-visual system which continuously intones the names and service details of our war dead.

The extreme youth of many of the fallen — illustrating a vast and tragic loss of individual and collective potential — is one of the most striking features of the wall.

This memorial wall is also a place where new Army recruits and cadets take part in an attestation when they are sworn into the Army. The falling water, a fountain on the wall, connotes tears of mourning for those deceased. It is significant for these new soldiers to commit and represents those gone before them.

The National Army Museum’s memorial database holds the names of all armed services personnel, including Merchant Navy, who were killed while on active service.

If you have a relative who was lost while serving their country their image displayed with honour on our Memorial Wall. All we require is their name and service details and a suitable photo or digital image. There is a charge of $50 which includes the production of the image and your own certificate of remembrance. Original photographs will be returned.

Certificates only are available at a cost of $10 each including postage.

Fill in the form to order or contact our Library staff via our enquiry form or on 06 3876911.