Armistice Day cen­te­nary liftout

Af­ter four ter­ri­ble years, World War I fi­nally came to a close with the sign­ing of an armistice be­tween Ger­many and the Al­lied pow­ers on Novem­ber 11, 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fa­mously fell si­lent.

Bush Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By STEVE CARLE´

Cer­e­monies to mark Armistice Day 100 years ago on Novem­ber 11, 1918 at 11am will be held in the Tararua Dis­trict. ■ In Dan­nevirke as­sem­bly time is 10.45am at the Dan­nevirke Ceno­taph with all the com­mu­nity wel­come to at­tend. An Hon­our Guard will be formed by the 1st Bat­tal­ion, Royal New Zealand In­fantry Reg­i­ment (light in­fantry.) Seat­ing will be avail­able for se­nior mem­bers of the pub­lic. A siren will be sounded and then a minute’s si­lence ob­served at 11am. At the Dan­nevirke Ser­vice & Cit­i­zens’ Club a World War I con­cert will be per­formed at 1.30pm with Dan­nevirke Brass Band, El’s Belles and other artists.

■ In Woodville four books about the last Bat­tle of Le­ques­noy were pre­sented to Woodville School, and two each to Pa­p­atawa School and Kumeroa School. Three army Pinz­gauers with the Royal New Zealand Army 2nd Work­shop Com­pany made vis­its to the schools lastFri­day: Pa­p­atawa at 9.15am, Kumeroa 10.30am and Woodville at 11.45am.

A Civic Ser­vice will be held at 10.50am in Foun­taine Square on Novem­ber 11 with seat­ing be­ing pro­vided and wreaths to be laid. Woodville School pupils have made 87 pop­pies to be tied to posts — to rep­re­sent each of the fallen sol­diers from Woodville who lost their lives in bat­tle — and 100 year Armistice Day sou­venir pop­pies will on sale. Doves will be re­leased at the con­clu­sion of the ser­vice.

A World War I dis­play will be held at the Woodville Mu­seum, open from 10am-4pm. Around 130 in­vited guests (over 70s both present and for­mer Woodville res­i­dents) will be hav­ing lunch in the Woodville Sta­dium, ar­ranged by Woodville Dis­tricts Vi­sion.

A Mem­o­ries Con­cert will be held at the Angli­can Church at 1.30pm fol­lowed by af­ter­noon tea.

■ In Eke­tahuna Royal New Zealand Army 10th Trans­port Com­pany will be send­ing 10 sol­diers to com­mem­o­rate the 100th year of Armistice Day cel­e­bra­tions along with Eke­tahuna fire bri­gade mem­bers, po­lice and am­bu­lance of­fi­cers. Tararua Dis­trict Coun­cil will be rep­re­sented. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to at­tend, as­sem­bly prior to 11am on Novem­ber 11.

■ In Pahiatua a mys­tery trip will be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 10 for re­turned ser­vice­men’s spouses, in­clud­ing a visit to Pahiatua’s RSA Ceme­tery. High tea will be held on re­turn at the Union Church.

On Novem­ber 11 a ser­vice will be held at Pahiatua’s Ceno­taph to mark the 100th an­niver­sary of Armistice Day cel­e­bra­tions, with as­sem­bly at 10.45am.

Peace Cel­e­bra­tions

July 19-21, 1919

Once the ‘peace’ was signed, the Gov­ern­ment de­clared that peace cel­e­bra­tions would be held in towns through­out New Zealand on July 19, with a com­bined thanks­giv­ing ser­vice the fol­low­ing day.

In Woodville cel­e­bra­tions were or­gan­ised by the Pa­tri­otic So­ci­ety.

On July 19, school­child­ren as­sem­bled at the school at 11.30am and given a feast. The main pro­ces­sion be­gan at 12.30pm from the Post Of­fice. All chil­dren were dressed the colours of the Al­lies and bore the na­tional flags.

While the pro­ces­sion was in Vo­gel St, the fire bell was solemnly tolled and the pro­ces­sion halted for five min­utes, ev­ery­one stand­ing with bowed head in mem­ory of the fallen.

Dur­ing the ad­dresses to the crowd it was pro­claimed: “All should do their best to smooth the lot of the re­turned men.”

At 4.30pm there was a free pic­ture show for the chil­dren. At 8pm there was a con­cert at the Alexan­dra Hall or a dance at the Foresters Hall for those who could not get in to the con­cert.

On Sun­day a United Thanks­giv­ing Ser­vice was held in the Drill Hall at 2.30pm. On Mon­day there was a wel­come home for re­turned sol­diers at the Drill Hall, and later a so­cial and dance at 8pm. A chain of bon­fires lit the hills from Wellington to Napier, with Woodville light­ing fires on Hall Block, Chapel Hill and Hard­ings Hill.

Woodville Fire Bri­gade en­gine dec­o­rated for the 1919 cel­e­bra­tions.

Cel­e­brat­ing peace in Woodville, 1919.

Woodville’s Vo­gel St dec­o­rated for Peace Cel­e­bra­tions in 1919.

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