Rahiri Care Home holds its own Anzac service
In a first for Rahiri Care Home an Anzac Ceremony was held by the Dannevirke and Districts RSA on April 24 for its residents.
As many residents are too infirm to attend the usual Anzac Service the Dannevirke RSA readily agreed to bring the ceremony to them.
It took the same format of the public ceremonies on Anzac Day, with RSA President Paddy Driver introducing Mayor Tracey Collis who talked about the contribution of New Zealanders to two world wars, in particular the capture of Le Quesnoy in France just a week before the end of World War I .
RSA Chaplain Ron Ashford led a prayer and reading before Joel Dean Charlton presented his speech on The Relevance of Armistice Day to the World We Live in Today, saying it tore down corrupt empires and shaped the boundaries of countries, brought great leaders and developed the fighting spirit of Anzac.
The rest of the ceremony followed tradition, with Rahiri Resident and RSA Patron Tom Collier reading The Ode.
Dannevirke Host Lions Club’s Lion’s Pride choir entertained with songs which brought back many a memory for the residents, comments and an enthusiastic participation in the sing-along songs.
A 70-strong crowd of residents and visitors came together at Rahiri Care Home on April 24 to experience an RSA Anzac Service.
AT the conclusion of the ceremony Lions Pride performed and led the crowd in singing old wartime songs.
DANNEVIRKE and Districts RSA Patron Tom Collier read