White crosses re­lo­cated for Ar­mistice Day ser­vice

Bay of Plenty Times - - Local News - San­dra Conchie Wel­come Home. Home­com­ings: From to the Trenches Tau­ranga

Tau­ranga water­front’s Field of Re­mem­brance was re­lo­cated to Me­mo­rial Park yes­ter­day be­fore the Ar­mistice Day Cen­te­nary ser­vice to­mor­row.

Novem­ber 11 marks the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I af­ter four years of bru­tal con­flict, when more than 18,000 New Zealan­ders died.

More than 41,000 oth­ers were wounded or fell ill.

Among the more 18,000 who died were 109 ser­vice­men from Tau­ranga.

To hon­our named white their sac­ri­fice, a cross has been erected

Fight­ing in WWI ceased Novem­ber 11, 1918 at 11 am.

To­mor­row, the city’s of­fi­cial Ar­mistice Cen­te­nary ser­vice at Me­mo­rial Park will be­gin with a “march on” pa­rade led by the Tau­ranga Pipe Band at 10.45am.

A minute’s si­lence will then be ob­served at 11am, fol­lowed by a karakia (prayer) and wel­come by Tau­ranga Mayor Greg Brown­less.

Next will be prayers and scrip­ture read­ings, and a Roll of Hon­our with lo­cal stu­dents lay­ing pop­pies and a rose­mary on the cor­re­spond­ing 109 white crosses.

Brown­less said it would be a in the Field of Re­mem­brance. on mov­ing com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice.

“We will re­mem­ber our fallen and the cen­te­nary of the Ar­mistice that fi­nally brought peace and I in­vite ev­ery­one to use this op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with our own his­tory,” he said.

“The First World War has an im­pact on al­most ev­ery fam­ily at that time, and it is im­por­tant that we re­mem­ber this sig­nif­i­cant day in our his­tory.

“We will join the na­tion­wide ef­fort to recre­ate the roar­ing cho­rus that an­nounced peace in 1918 by in­cor­po­rat­ing Dave Dob­byn’s song

“With 109 white crosses and 320 large-scale pop­pies, it will set the scene for the ser­vice at the ceno­taph and a whole day of re­mem­brance for ev­ery­one to par­tic­i­pate in.”

The pop­pies have been painted by chil­dren from Tau­ranga and the Western Bay dis­trict.

Brown­less urged peo­ple to join the im­por­tant day of re­mem­brance and to visit the 109 named crosses rep­re­sent­ing Tau­ranga’s men who died in WWI.

“I also en­cour­age peo­ple to ex­plore the sto­ries of our sol­diers who made it back to Aotearoa at the ex­hi­bi­tion.” Groups wish­ing to march in the pa­rade should as­sem­ble by PHOTO / AN­DREW WARNER 10.15am next to the Queen El­iz­a­beth Youth Cen­tre. The ser­vice will go ahead rain or shine.

A free park and ride ser­vice to Me­mo­rial Park will be avail­able at Tau­ranga Boys’ Col­lege at 9.30am, from Mount Maun­ganui RSA at 10am and Tau­ranga RSA at 10.15am. Park­ing for mo­bil­ity card­hold­ers is avail­able out­side the Queen El­iz­a­beth Youth Cen­tre.

Road clo­sures will be in place on Fraser St be­tween Eleventh and Thir­teenth Aves and on Eleventh Ave be­tween Fraser St and Devon­port Rd 9am to 2pm.

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The 109 white crosses erected in Me­mo­rial Park’s Field of Re­mem­brance hon­our­ing fallen sol­diers from Tau­ranga who died dur­ing WWI.

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