Emo­tional ser­vice marks An­zac Day

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Among the hun­dreds of those who com­mem­o­rated the fallen soldiers, South Waikato’s youth played an ac­tive role.

Toko­roa’s civic ser­vice saw a full pa­rade of school stu­dents and youth-based or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Toko­roa High ser­vices acadamy joined the pa­rade in the march from the post of­fice to the South Waikato District Coun­cil.

Matt Manu, Ser­vices Academy di­rec­tor said the stu­dents have at­tended the ser­vice for five years.

Manu said it was about sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

‘‘The main idea was to take part in a com­mu­nity event,’’ he said.

For­est View High School, brown­ies, scouts, ki­wanas were also led down Li­eth Pl by the pipe band. Toko­roa RSA pres­i­dent Ken Reid said he was as­ton­ished at Toko­roa’s turnout, es­pe­cially at the dawn pa­rade.

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents lit­tered the streets out­side the Toko­roa Club dur­ing the 6am ser­vice.

‘‘I looked around and got a sur­prised at the amount of people,’’ he said.

He was also im­pressed with the youth turnout.

‘‘ Its good to see the young people,’’ he said.

Reid was also thank­ful to the com­mu­nity sup­port for the pop­pies.

The pop­pies turned over about $5595 be­fore the commercial busi­ness in­put.

He said the pro­ceeds stay in Toko­roa and go to­wards things such as scoot­ers, walk­ers and hospi­tal vis­its.

Pu­taruru and Ti­rau’s ser­vices were both well at­tended by res­i­dents - young and old -who showed up to re­mem­ber the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice made by many.

South Waikato News was there to cap­ture the poignant mo­ments in all three towns.

Cul­tural mo­ment: The grip­ping sound of bag­pipes is hard to ig­nore at any An­zac Day

Young re­spect: Jenna MacPher­son and Shakela Brit­myer pay their re­spects.

Well versed: Toko­roa High School’s Ser­vices Acadamy mem­bers stand to at­ten­tion.

Tra­di­tions con­tinue: Young ATC mem­ber Mar­lin Tonge ap­pre­ci­ates the sac­ri­fices that are cel­e­brated ev­ery April 25.

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