Le Quesnoy has a special connection with New Zealand through the heroism of the New Zealanders who liberated the village from German occupation on November 4, 1918.
This proposal warrants our support individually, and the support of our Lodges, because the sacrifices made by our countrymen deeply reflect our Masonic values of brotherhood, virtue, honour, courage, liberty and equality.
The lessons of both wars must never be forgotten and should be retained in our collective memories, and this project will reinforce that objective.
Freemasons were to the fore in the call to arms during both world wars, and the impact of both deeply affected our Craft, so the centenaries of the liberation of Le Quesnoy and the Armistice on November 11 1918 are appropriate occasions to reflect on and acknowledge those sacrifices.
I’m appealing to you to support the project on both a Lodge and individual basis by making a financial contribution towards the memorial – surely a small personal sacrifice in the face of the great sacrifices made by our warrior Brethren.