Bran­don trib­ute to war he­roes

An­zac Day to be school tra­di­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

Pho­tos: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.

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