Pride at Anzac ceremony
LEST WE FORGET: Minutes before the Matamata Dawn Parade was scheduled to start, rain that had been falling for days eased to a shower then stopped.
Young and old gathered outside the RSA in force, with hundreds joining in the short march to the Cenotaph. rang through early morning mist as Matamata paused to reflect on the bravery and sacrifice of New Zealand and Australian soldiers.
Matamata Returned and Services’ Association president Graeme Waterson recited the Ode and poppies were laid down.
Councillor Garry Stanley led midmorning services in Matamata and Walton, speaking of the sadness and pride that Anzac Day commemorations held for all New Zealanders.