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North Otago’s memorial oaks were planted in 1919 as a memorial to 300 fallen servicemen.
They grow in the shape of a living wheel, the hub in Oamaru.
As I cycled the Alps to Ocean trail to Oamaru at Easter, America and North Korea were going ballistic.
I passed memorial oaks and reflected on the World War II sacrifice that included Britain’s 60 female secret agent cyclists.
How might I have fared on their wheels and what were their riding conditions like? At least 15 were executed, one agent uncovered because she looked right, not left, at an intersection.
Our own district is peppered with cenotaphs, captured guns, flag poles and memorial halls.
But wars continue and New Zealand now has 41,000 veterans. Poppy Day is on Friday. There will be many Anzac Day dawn services next Tuesday.
Give, be present, ride bikes, plant trees.