At an EVSA Reunion in 2002, where there was a big turnout of V4, it was proposed that our
original V4 Flag be presented to the Army Museum at Waiouru. The vote was unanimous.
The ceremony took place in the museum’s memorial space, Roimata Pounamu (Tears on Greenstone) where
General Benfell, welcomed everyone and provided a background to the flag on its origin and significance.
Olly did the mihi and Dicko then read the details of the 7 Roll of Honour.
Croc, who had earlier pinned 7 poppies to the flag then he gave it to Chaplin Ross Falconer who blessed it.
Wheels handed it to the museum director, Major Chas Charlton and it was then recorded as an official contribution.
Those attending included; Mike, Jed, Wheels, Simon, Theo, Dicko and Rae, General and Eliza,
Doug and Diane, Croc and his son Kain, Jim, Andy and Shirley, Olly, Gordy and Glenys.
Afterwards we were invited to the WOs and Sgts Mess at the camp for light refreshments.
We were welcomed by the Command Sergeant Major, WO1 Peter Shelford and the Waiouru Marae Custodian, Eru Brown.
What followed was a very emotional moment when we were all presented with a Ngati Tumatauenga tie.
A few tears were shed at this gracious gesture in that perhaps for the first time, someone had recognised
our service. Kia ora.
At the conclusion, many would continue their journey west to New Plymouth for an EVSA Reunion that began that evening.
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