Royal New Zealand Air Force recruits from Base Woodbourne have been working hard to restore war grave plaques at Omaka Cemetery in Marlborough.

Flight Lieutenant Emma Jones from Command and Recruit Training Squadron said the recruits were honoured to assist with the restoration project.

“Helping out the Marlborough Returned and Services Association has been a real privilege for us.

“There is a strong Air Force connection with Omaka and we are always happy to help the local community we live and work in.

“The restoration on the graves is a big job but we are committed to helping get it completed and continuing the good work previous courses have done before,” she said.

Restoration of bronze grave plaques, like the ones at Omaka, is complex and involves a 12-step process, including scrubbing, sanding, dying, bronzing and waxing the plaques.

This year’s recruits restored 175 plaques. The ongoing project with the Marlborough RSA aims to restore more than 400 World War II graves at the cemetery.

Woodbourne recruits have been helping with the project for two years.

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