Emotional service marks Anzac Day
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.