Lichfield’s history more alive than ever before
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.