Video: 200 New Zealand Soldiers Perform Maori Haka for 3 Fallen Comrades

| by Michael Allen

In New Zealand, an estimated 200 soldiers performed the Maori haka at the funeral of three fallen soldiers, reports the Daily Mail and

Officers performed the Maori haka in honor of Corporal Luke Tamatea, Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker and Private Richard Harris, who were killed in Afghanistan on August 18.

Video of the ancestral war cry has gone viral and viewed more than 340,000 times on YouTube.

The video (below), shows service members walking with the the car carrying the bodies of the dead soldiers, then doing the war cry and dance.

Major John Gordon told the NZ Herald the service was a demonstration of the men's "outpouring of emotion."

He added: "Many soldiers don’t tend to show their emotions. But today, you saw their collective grief."

The Daily Mail reports that the Maori haka is a war cry or dance originally performed by Maori warriors before battle.