Haka Tribute To Fallen Soldiers Goes Viral

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A passionate video of haka being performed by comrades of three fallen New Zealand soldiers have gone viral. It was uploaded by the New Zealand Defense Force on Youtube. The haka is a traditional war cry or dance performed by the Maori people of New Zealand. The three fallen soldiers were Corporal Luke Tamatea, 31, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, 26, and Private Richard Harris, 21.

The trio were killed instantly when a roadside bomb destroyed their Humvee in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan on August 18th, 2013. Their funeral service was held at the Burnham Military Camp in Christchurch, New Zealand.

At the writing of this article, the video has since been viewed more than 2.5 million times. Army spokesperson informed the New Zealand Herald that “Our military is a small organisation and people tend to all know each other. Many soldiers don’t tend to show their emotions. But today, you saw their collective grief. Their personal grieving will come later.”