Crowd turns out in honour of soldiers
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.