Lessons from history
Nine Matamata Intermediate School students proudly stood shoulder to shoulder with their loved ones’ service medals pinned to their chest.
The Intermediate held an Anzac service last week to give students an insight to Anzac Day and how it is commemorated.
Patriots from the Manawatu chapter came along and spoke of their fathers who fought in the war, read poems and explained the history surrounding the day.
On April 25, 1915 New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Over 36,000 New Zealand and Australian soldiers were killed there.
The national anthem was sung, the flag lowered and a moment of silence observed. Among the students wearing medals was Jackson Webster. The row of medals that Jackson wore were belonged to his grandfather, Raymond Ward. Mr Ward was awarded the medals after fighting in World War II. He drove the first tank into Yugoslavia.
Mr Ward was a dairy farmer in Walton for many years but passed away four years ago.
Jackson said it was an honour to wear the medals in remembrance of his grandfather.
Musical pipes: Ray Crafts, from Tauranga, played his bagpipes as he led the students outside to sing the national anthem.
Proud: Jackson Webster, 12, wears his grandfather’s World War II medals.