Rahiri Care Home holds its own An­zac ser­vice

Bush Telegraph - - Anzac Day 2018 - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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

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