Brandon tribute to war heroes
Anzac Day to be school tradition
Pupils at Brandon Intermediate marked the centenary of World War I on Friday with a Field of Remembrance service.
Principal Paul McKendry said celebrating Anzac Day would be an important tradition from now on.
‘‘It’s not hard to stop for an hour to pay our respects,’’ McKendry said.
Throughout March, schools from around New Zealand that were part of the 2015 Field of Remembrance programme were given 30 white crosses to commemorate those who died for their country.
Crosses at Brandon Intermediate’s service included the names of Porirua men, nurses, New Zealand Victoria Cross recipients, the youngest New Zealander who died (aged 17), an All Black captain, and one with the words ‘‘Known Unto God’’ to represent unknown soldiers.
The names were randomly selected from the list of 18,200 who died in World War I.
Warrant officer class 1 Darrin Waitere said the programme had been accepted by most schools, with more than 35,000 pupils engaged in remembering fallen soldiers.
Ana Iata, left, and Jordan Davey take time out to pay their respect to fallen soldiers.
Brandon Intermediate principal Paul McKendry, warrant officer class 1 Darrin Waitere, Brandon Intermediate teacher Belinda Whyte, Mana MP Kris Faafoi and John Knox commemorate the 100-year anniversary of World War I.
A field of remembrance was set up this week.