Stu­dents to play role in An­zac ser­vices

Kapiti Observer - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Col­lege stu­dents will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in An­zac com­mem­o­ra­tions across the Kapiti re­gion.

Stu­dents from Kapiti and Para­pa­raumu col­leges will march in the main pa­rade at the Para­pa­raumu dawn ser­vice, and oth­ers will per­form read­ings or list names of Para­pa­raumu sol­diers killed in World War I.

Para­pa­raumu RSA pres­i­dent Chris Turver said many of the vol­un­teers who signed up in 1914 were lit­tle older than the col­lege se­niors.

‘‘Many of them had just left school and this year’s in­volve­ment by se­nior stu­dents is a re­minder to all of us that here is a gen­er­a­tion which will hope­fully never see the harsh face of war.’’

This year’s com­mem­o­ra­tions mark the third year of the cen­te­nary of World War I. Four­teen Para­pa­raumu res­i­dents died dur­ing the war, about four per cent of the town’s pop­u­la­tion at the time.

About 4000 peo­ple at­tended last year’s Para­pa­raumu ser­vices, 2500 at the dawn pa­rade and 1500 at the civic pa­rade. About 200 peo­ple at­tended the Paekakariki ser­vice, while ser­vices were also held in Waikanae and Otaki.

Kapiti res­i­dents have also had a hand in Welling­ton com­mem­o­ra­tions - Men­zShed Kapiti have put to­gether 1500 crosses, on dis­play at Welling­ton’s Botanic Gar­dens un­til May 3.

SER­VICES - KAPITI

Starts at 5:45am at the Otaki Me­mo­rial Hall. March to Me­mo­rial Park for ser­vice and wreath-lay­ing at 6am.

Otaki:

Starts at 6:20am at the hospi­tal gates on Tu­tanekai St. March to the War Me­mo­rial Arch for a 6:30am ser­vice

Para­pa­raumu - dawn: Para­pa­raumu ceme­ter­ies:

Ser­vices will be held at both Para­pa­raumu ser­vice ceme­ter­ies, start­ing at 7:55am.

Start at 8:15 on the cor­ner of The Pa­rade and Ocean Rd. March to the Me­mo­rial Hall for an 8:30am ser­vice, and the me­mo­rial ad­dress, The Last Post & Reveille at 9:15am.

Paekakariki: Para­pa­raumu - later ser­vice:

Ser­vice groups and the pub­lic as­sem­ble in­side the hospi­tal gates, and youth groups as­sem­ble out­side the gates, at 9:20am. March to the War Me­mo­rial Arch for the ser­vice.

Meet at El­iz­a­beth St at 10:45am, and march to the War Me­mo­rial cen­tre for an 11am ser­vice.

Waikanae: SER­VICES - WELLING­TON Pukeahu Na­tional War Me­mo­rial Park:

Dawn ser­vice 6am, na­tional com­mem­o­ra­tion ser­vice 11am. Ataturk Me­mo­rial Ser­vice, 2:30pm.

Ataturk Me­mo­rial: OPEN­ING HOURS

The Coast­lands Aquatic Cen­tre will open at 1pm. The li­braries, Kapiti Coast District Coun­cil civic build­ing and ser­vice cen­tres, Kapiti i-SITE and Waikanae Com­mu­nity In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre will be closed all day. Kerb­side re­cy­cling will run as nor­mal.

PHO­TOS: RAN­DALL WALKER

Neil Ship­man plays The Last Post at the 2016 ser­vice in Paekakariki.

Last year stu­dents read the names of the Para­pa­raumu fallen.

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