Lessons from his­tory

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

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.

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