Towns mark Anzac Day with ceremonies
Pongaroa and Weber each recognised the sacrifices of people in wars commemorated by Anzac Day.
Tim Henricksen led the Pongaroa service, attended by a very large crowd which first marched along the main street. Guest speaker was Colonel Paul Curry who spoke on the work the wives of the districts’ soldiers did on the farms and other businesses while bringing up the children, while men were away at the wars.
The Reverend Jo Crosse officiated at Weber.
The audience participated as children read poems, Karen Phelps read a letter of sympathy from the Weber School Committee to Mrs E Bassett, dated December 9, 1917 and Ann Berry read the last letter her Grandad Edwin Bassett wrote home dated 17 November 1917. He was wounded on 22 November and died the following day.
Karen Phelps, with Rev. Jo Crosse and students Archie Riddell and Myles Henricksen at Weber.
The march to the Cenotaph in Pongoroa.
Tim Henricksen lead the Pongaroa service.
Colonel Paul Curry was guest speaker at Pongaroa.
Left: Ann Berry reads out the last letter from the front sent by Edwin Bassett in 1917. Below: With the Dannevirke Pipe Band at attention the flag was lowered at Pongaroa.