Hun­dreds re­mem­ber

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‘‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them, nor the years con­demn, At the go­ing down of the sun and in the morn­ing, We will re­mem­ber them.’’ Hun­dreds of Mata­mata res­i­dents braved the rain to pay their re­spects at both the dawn and me­mo­rial An­zac Day ser­vices at the Mata­mata Me­mo­rial Cen­tre. Deputy Mayor Jan Barnes presided at both the Mata­mata and Wal­ton com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vices. She started her ad­dress by ask­ing the crowd a num­ber of rhetor­i­cal ques­tions in­clud­ing why they had cho­sen to at­tend. She also made spe­cial men­tion of the con­tri­bu­tion of women in the war. Mata­mata Col­lege head boy Timo Brooky spoke about what An­zac Day meant to him as a young Maori man and about the his­tory of the Maori Bat­tal­ion. ‘‘I be­lieve the Maori Bat­tal­ion are the sort of heroes that my gen­er­a­tion needs,’’ he said. Head girl Emma Jobe said the ser­vice gave ev­ery­one the chance to pause and ap­pre­ci­ate that we have be­ing blessed with free­dom through the ac­tions of the An­zacs. Graeme Water­son from Mata­mata Re­turned and Ser­vices’ As­so­ci­a­tion said An­zac Day ser­vices brought many gen­er­a­tions to­gether. ‘‘ We are proud and hum­bled by the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the younger gen­er­a­tions.’’ The Last Post was played by Robin Jobe from the Mata­mata Brass­Band as the New Zealand flag was low­ered.

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