Lichfield’s his­tory more alive than ever be­fore

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

A piece of his­tory has been sal­vaged by Lichfield Pri­mary School and put in a spe­cial place.

Stu­dents, staff, two ATC cadets and Pu­taruru RSA mem­bers at­tended the un­veil­ing of a World War II plaque.

The me­mo­rial also co­in­cided with the 130th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

Act­ing prin­ci­pal Karen Pack­wood said the plaque was orig­i­nally sit­u­ated in Lichfield Com­mu­nity Hall.

But when tragedy struck the 86-year old hall was de­stroyed.

‘‘The com­mu­nity hall across the road, it burnt down and so the school ap­proached the coun­cil to put the plaque here,’’ she said.

Pack­wood said the plaque con­tained the names of com­mu­nity mem­bers who served as sol­diers in World War II.

To keep their mem­ory alive, rel­a­tives of those on the plaques also planted a rose be­hind the wall.

It was not only a sense of duty to take care of the as­set but it had his­tor­i­cal value as well.

‘‘‘‘The prin­ci­pal Tony Bid­dick in­ves­ti­gated the his­tory and said ‘we need to ac­knowl­edge it’,’’ Pack­wood said.

The plaque and mem­o­ra­bilia that will re­main at the school will not just be some­thing to ad­mire.

Pack­wood said it is used to teach the chil­dren about the his­tory.

Future gen­er­a­tion: Katie Wood, front, Caleb Stone, Em­mie Meszaros and Dane But­ler read out the names from the plaque as a part of the pre­sen­ta­tion.

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