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A Farewell to Fallen Soldiers

In New Zealand, the Army has embraced the Maori custom of “haka,” a powerful and public display of emotions on behalf of fallen comrades. Here, the soldiers of the 2/1 RNZIR Battalion perform their haka — a mix of chants and body thrusts — to greet the deceased as they enter the unit’s parade ground for the very last time. The ceremony was for Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Private Richard Harris, 21, and Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, medic, all killed in action by an IED in Afghanistan. Baker was the first New Zealand woman lost in the war. H/T small dead animals

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