This Armistice Day has a special significance. Sunday, 11th November 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War.
Armistice Day enables us all to acknowledge the immense loss and hardship endured during one of the deadliest conflicts in history. Armistice Day also enables us to reflect on peace and hope on the centenary of the armistice that ended the ‘war to end all wars.’
On this day we also pause, pay our respects to all who have served their countries and reflect more widely on the sacrifice of all who have lost their lives in conflict.
Remembering our Beca family who have served
For Beca, this centenary has special significance. We were founded as an engineering practice almost 100 years ago by Arthur Grey, returning from the World War One battlefields in Europe. In World War Two, George Beca returned to New Zealand a decorated pilot.
Many of our people have served their countries in defence forces across the globe and our CEO, Greg Lowe, served in the New Zealand Navy for a number of years.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
The Ode, For the Fallen by Lawrence Binyon
The Ode in Maori
Link to information from the Australian Indigenous Defence Service
WW100 NZ Centenary site
Australian War Memorial Centenary of Armistice site