Congratulations to Eden-Albert Community Board and Auckland City Council staff.
What a pleasure it was to attend the recent Anzac Day services.
The community board is to be congratulated for continuing to support this event in the two War Memorial Halls in the Eden-Albert Ward.
More than 500 people attended Mt Albert’s Anzac Day parade and service. The hall was full, with people standing around the walls and many other people surrounding the memorial parade square outside.
Young people and families were particularly noticeable.
Many sections of the community participated, including Prime Minister Helen Clark.
Other participants included representatives from the RSA, young men and women from of the local air force cadet unit, senior pupils from Marist and Mt Albert Grammar schools and the young woman who played the Last Post.
Many local groups including the Guide movement and the Mt Albert Historical Society laid wreaths.
Linda Bradbury accompanied the singing as she has done on many occasions.
Reflections and prayers were lead by ministers of local or nearby Presbyterian and Baptist congregations.
The Mount Eden War Memorial Hall also had a very large attendance, more than 350 people.
They also had representatives from many local groups including some in Salvation Army uniform marking in the well supported parade.
Our thanks go to Gordon and Beverley Johns and their team of workers including the good citizens from St Aidan’s Church, and not last, nor ever the least, Ted Alexander for his preparation of the hall before and after the meeting.
Well done everyone. Well done the local community.
Well done the Eden-Albert Community Board and the hard-working Auckland City Council staff supporting the community board for this event.