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Local MP Louise Upston will this year attend ANZAC services in Cambridge’s sister city of Le Quesnoy in France.

“Last year I joined the people of Tokoroa and Taupo to pay our respects and remember those who fought for us and sacrificed so much to defend our country”, says Ms Upston.

“This year I will be taking part in the procession to the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial in Le Quesnoy, a town that means so much to the people of Cambridge.”

“Le Quesnoy was under occupation for most of the First World War, until 4 November 1918 when it was liberated by New Zealand soldiers.”

“The people of Le Quesnoy have never forgotten this bravery. Streets are named after New Zealand places, there is a New Zealand memorial and a primary school bears the name of a New Zealand soldier.”

“Our region has a strong military history and contributed many men and women towards the efforts of our armed forces.”

“In my absence, members from the Taupo Youth Advisory Board will be laying a wreath at both the Taupo and Cambridge civic ceremonies.”

“Today there are many men and women from not only our region but all over New Zealand, who are playing a part in protecting peace, security and democracy.

“I would like to thank them and give my thoughts to the family members of those currently serving overseas."

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Media contact: Claudia Holgate – 021 892 374

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