Crowd turns out in hon­our of sol­diers

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Tawa’s RSA hall over­flowed with more than 300 peo­ple on An­zac Day morn­ing last week.

A strong pa­rade of vet­er­ans, cur­rent sol­diers, fire­fight­ers, Scouts and Girl Guides were led by the Red Hackle Pipe Band down Ox­ford Street to the RSA, where a me­mo­rial ser­vice and wreath­lay­ing was held.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from com­mu­nity groups and Tawa Col­lege laid wreaths in the hall and pray­ers were said for the fallen from all New Zealand’s wars.

Guest speaker, Tawa res­i­dent Air Force group cap­tain Grant Crosland, told the crowd Gal­lipoli was key to form­ing New Zealan­ders’ iden­tity.

‘‘There is no doubt about why this day re­mains en­graved in our psy­che, and there is no doubt that this day, An­zac Day, will re­main one of the most im­por­tant days on the New Zealand and Aus­tralian cal­en­dars,’’ Mr Crosland said.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony the crowd gath­ered up­stairs for tea and bis­cuits, but it was not too early for a pint for many vet­er­ans.

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We will re­mem­ber them: A lone bag­piper played as flags were low­ered out­side Tawa RSA be­fore the An­zac Day cer­e­mony.

Vet­er­ans on pa­rade: Tawa’s RSA con­tin­gent led dozens of com­mu­nity group mem­bers in a pa­rade down Ox­ford St last Wed­nes­day.

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