Cassino railway station memorial and the plaque being read at the service.
The Cassino railway station is a site of significance for the 28th Maori Battalion. On the 17th of February 1944, the Maori Battalion were at the forefront of the objective to take the railway station. to gain ground and push on further to break the German defense deadbolt. The attack was to be done during the night.
128 men of the Maori Battalion were either killed, wounded or taken prisoner from this battle.
In May 2014 descendants of 28th Maori Battalion men visited places their ancestors fought, lived and in some cases died in Tunisia, Italy, Greece and Crete. In Italy, veteran Nolan Raihania and thrity secondary school students and teachers from East Coast schools joined the tour.