Otago Daily Times

Armistice Day marked across the re­gion

THE SOUTH

- STAFF RE­PORTERS New Zealand · Wanaka · Oamaru · Otago · Arrowtown · Tapanui

THE end of fight­ing in World War 1 was marked in Armistice Day cer­e­monies across Otago yes­ter­day.

In Ar­row­town, si­lence de­scended over the war memo­rial as more than 60 peo­ple took part in the town’s RSA Armistice Day event.

The Rev Carl­ton John­stone ad­dressed the gath­ered vet­er­ans, Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand mem­bers, po­lice and oth­ers, call­ing on res­i­dents of the newly voted Most Beau­ti­ful Small Town in New Zealand to re­mem­ber in­ner beauty.

A dozen peo­ple at­tended a ser­vice at the Wanaka war memo­rial.

Among those at­tend­ing was Avis Munro, of Wanaka, whose fa­ther Jim Roy was a lieu­tenant in World War 1 and awarded the Mil­i­tary Cross twice.

The Alexandra­Clyde Re­turned Ser­vices’ As­so­ci­a­tion held com­mem­o­ra­tions on Sun­day but a small gath­er­ing took place at the Alexandra War Memo­rial yes­ter­day.

In Oa­maru, an Armistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tion held at Waitaki Boys’ High School was at­tended by about 40 peo­ple.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said it was sig­nif­i­cant to host it in the school’s Hall of Mem­o­ries, as it was built in mem­ory of those who sac­ri­ficed so much dur­ing World War 1.

About 70 peo­ple of all ages gath­ered at the West Otago RSA in Ta­panui for Armistice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions yes­ter­day.

Clutha Mayor Bryan Cado­gan de­scribed the con­di­tions ex­pe­ri­enced by sol­diers dur­ing World War 1 as “ab­hor­rent”.

He said some might be­lieve re­cent hard­ships faced by New Zealan­ders dur­ing the Covid­19 cri­sis were ex­cep­tional.

“But the lock­down and ex­pe­ri­ences we faced to­gether this year bear no com­par­i­son to the sacri­fice and suf­fer­ing they en­dured.”

 ?? PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON ?? In re­mem­brance . . . West Otago RSA se­nior mem­ber Bill Roul­ston (99) reads a sec­tion of For the Fallen with West Otago Ru­ral Kids mem­bers (from left) Isla Ot­trey, Pey­ton­Rose Young and Jessie Lin­dale (all 10), dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Armistice Day ser­vice in Ta­panui.
PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON In re­mem­brance . . . West Otago RSA se­nior mem­ber Bill Roul­ston (99) reads a sec­tion of For the Fallen with West Otago Ru­ral Kids mem­bers (from left) Isla Ot­trey, Pey­ton­Rose Young and Jessie Lin­dale (all 10), dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Armistice Day ser­vice in Ta­panui.
 ?? PHOTO: MARK PRICE ?? Reg­i­men­tal tra­di­tion . . . In Wanaka the the Last Post and Reveille were played by David Les­lie, of Wanaka, for­merly of Gore, on his eu­pho­nium.
PHOTO: MARK PRICE Reg­i­men­tal tra­di­tion . . . In Wanaka the the Last Post and Reveille were played by David Les­lie, of Wanaka, for­merly of Gore, on his eu­pho­nium.

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