Medal parades by nation
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Being so far from home means the â€śfamilyâ€ť atmosphere of the mission is very important, none more so than the bond within a contingent.
One of the regular events here in Dili is the issuing of service medals to each contingent as they roll through their mission period before returning to their homes. I have already described my own NZ medal parade but have also been lucky enough, because of my position, to have received invitations to several other contingents parades.
Each parade is different depending on the traditions from that country and of course, how much of a budget they have to lay it all on. NZ hosted a simple morning tea and presented a video of our country and wowed the crowd with our Maori haka.
Today I attended the Chinese medal Parade
thanks to my staff member Hu being a Chinese Superintendant. It was put on at the newly opened Chinese
Once inside we saw a promotional film of
I have been to
The same VIPs speak at each parade and I must say the UNPol Commissioner always does a fine job of recognising those staff who make important contributions to the mission. Thanks for this of course go to his little Japanese assistant, Seki. Sheâ€™s a real dynamo and I have joked with her in the past about her hyperactivity but she is a very competent woman and the Commissionerâ€™s speeches are always worth hearing as they relate to the work done by contingent members.
Iâ€™m sorry to say I have missed a couple of parades I have been invited to but they are usually during work hours and I have my workload and deadlines to consider first. I would have liked to have been able to attend the Nepalese parade. They are a small contingent but seem to be working in most places NZers are deployed.
Iâ€™m sure I will receive a few more invitations before my time is up next June, of course I will have a second medal parade of my own to attend before that month arrives. I tell you more about that then.