Statue un­veiled to hon­our forces

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The weather wasn’t the best but over 100 peo­ple turned out for the re­cent un­veil­ing of a statue in Whenua Tapu ceme­tery, pay­ing trib­ute to the armed forces.

Com­mis­sioned by Stu­art Wheeler of Wheeler’s Guardian Funeral Home, the $20,000 life­sized statue was re­vealed as the rain poured down on Novem­ber 11, Ar­mistice Day.

Mr Wheeler said it was fan­tas­tic to have lo­cal dig­ni­taries, Crown min­is­ters, cur­rent and re­tired mem­bers of the armed forces, along with dozens of mem­bers of the pub­lic present for the oc­ca­sion.

‘‘ It was bril­liant, we were ex­pect­ing 150 peo­ple but even to get about 115 on a day like that was su­perb. It was es­pe­cially good to have the old ser­vice­men and mem­bers of the Maori Bat­tal­ion there, very in­spir­ing.’’

The ser­vice in­cluded the hymn of the 28th Bat­tal­ion, prayers, a fir­ing party, the na­tional an­them and the Last Post. En­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by Aotea Col­lege’s bar­ber­shop cho­rus.


Un­veiled: Stu­art Wheeler and Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett re­veal the In­dian-made gran­ite statue at Whenua Tapu on Ar­mistice Day.

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