Re­mem­ber­ing sac­ri­fices of women in war

Bush Telegraph - - Anzac Day 2018 - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Dan­nevirke held its dawn and 8.30am ser­vices at the Ceno­taph in calm and sunny weather on An­zac Day.

A mas­sive turnout at­tended the dawn ser­vice where Lt Col. Ai­dan Shat­tock talked about the theme of An­zac this year — Not All Wounds Bleed — high­light­ing thep­sy­cho­log­i­cal ill­ness that many sol­diers suf­fered af­ter the war.

At the 8.30am ser­vice the pres­ence of the First Bat­tal­ion RNZIR, large con­tin­gents of po­lice, fire ser­vice, com­mu­nity ser­vice and club per­son­nel to­gether with the dwin­dling num­ber of old sol­diers but grow­ing num­bers of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies made the ser­vice a mov­ing one.

Af­ter a wel­come by Dan­nevirke and Dis­trict RSA Pres­i­dent Paddy Driver, speeches by Tararua Mayor Tracey Col­lis and RSA Chap­lain Ron Ash­ford, the hymn Abide With Me by the Dan­nevirke Brass Band, the lament Flow­ers of the For­est by a lone piper and Joel Dean Charl­ton’s speech on the rel­e­vance of Armistice Day, Colonel (Rtd) Ray Seymour spoke about An­zac and the ser­vice of troops in for­eign wars.

He chose to fo­cus on the sac­ri­fices of women in two world wars — some­thing he be­lieved had been badly ne­glected.

He high­lighted the un­bear­able bur­den of hav­ing hus­bands and sons over­seas and the un­cer­tainty of day-to-day life dread­ing the tele­gram which al­ways brought bad news. He talked about the bur­den of rais­ing a fam­ily, mak­ing ends meet and the con­di­tion of many of the men re­turn­ing with shell­shock.

He com­pli­mented the large group of “fine young peo­ple” at the cer­e­mony call­ing them “all our to­mor­rows,” and ask­ing them to con­tinue the An­zac spirit, never tak­ing free­dom for granted.

He quoted from the poem In Flan­ders Fields :

“Take up our quar­rel with the foe, to you from fail­ing hands we throw, the torch be yours to hold it high, if ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep though pop­pies grow in Flan­ders fields.”

Lay­ing of the wreaths fol­lowed, the Ode, Last Post and Reveille con­clud­ing the hour­long cer­e­mony.

Vyrn Ald­worth and Te Atai­haea Pae­wai present a wreath on be­half of Te Kura Kau­papa Maori o Ta­maki Nui a Rua.

A large crowd gath­ered at 8.30am in the sun­shine to en­joy the An­zac cer­e­mony.

Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil’s CEO Blair King and Mayor Tracey Col­lis present a wreath.

Colonel (Rtd) Ray Seymour MBE was guest speaker at the 8.30am Dan­nevirke ser­vice.

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