Pride at An­zac cer­e­mony

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

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.

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