Anzac assembly at school
Matamata Intermediate School hosted a special assembly last week to commemorate Anzac Day.
Members of the Patriots Defence Force Motorcycle Club were on hand to speak to the students about the significance of the day.
Career soldier Malcolm Wallace said he was trying to encourage the students to attend Anzac Day services such as the dawn parade.
‘‘It’s important that all young New Zealanders at least understand why we have Anzac Day. We’re here to give them an idea of what it’s all about.’’
Staff Sergeant and Vietnam veteran Erik Kristenson led a laying of the wreath ceremony and the school observed a minute of silence. Pipe Sergeant Ray Crafts opened the assembly.
Salute: Staff sergeant Erik Kristenson stands to position as the New Zealand flag is raised.