Dignitaries pay respects at Unknown Warrior
The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has been visited by several overseas
visiting dignitaries and local VIPs since its commissioning on 11 November
2004. Two of the most prominent visitors this year were the Prime Minister
of Australia, John Howard and his wife Janette, and His Royal Highness,
the Prince of Wales.
Bottom left: seen placing a rose on the Unknown Warrior tomb on 21 February
2005 are John Howard, Janette Howard, watched by Prime Minister Helen
Clark. On 7 March 2005, His Royal Higness, the Prince of Wales also made
a visit to the War Memorial, where he placed a rose on the Tomb.
|John Howard and Janette Howard lay
roses on the Tomb of the Unknown Warror while Prime Minister Helen
||Prince Charles laying a rose on the
Tomb of the Unknown Warrior
There has been recent damage to the Tomb, with local skateboarders riding
over the top of the Tomb, leaving deep scrapes into the bronze mantle,
and chipping the stone edges of the Tomb. The repairs will be completed
prior to ANZAC Day 2005.
The Ministry of Culture and Heritage, and the Wellington City Council
are looking at ways of improving the general security of the War Memorial
to prevent further damage.