Ser­vice unites young and old

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Young and old united at memo­ri­als across the South Waikato to recog­nise the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of New Zealan­ders killed dur­ing past wars.

South Waikato District Mayor Neil Sin­clair said it was ‘‘grat­i­fy­ing’’ to see so many peo­ple at­tend An­zac ser­vices held in Toko­roa, Pu­taruru and Ti­rau.

‘‘Don’t you think we owe it to those that went be­fore, that sac­ri­ficed, to give us peace; that we need to pick up that ba­ton of peace.

‘‘Then we’ll have a town that has no fam­ily vi­o­lence, we’ll have a town that is tol­er­ant of one an­other and we’ll have a country that can stand up and say ‘I be­lieve in peace’.

‘‘Wouldn’t that be the her­itage our sol­diers want for? Let us pray that we can let that peace be­gin with us.’’

Toko­roa High School stu­dent Shaun Moon said in a speech that the abil­ity to be wor­ried about whether to have chicken or beef noo­dles for lunch was a priv­i­lege he didn’t take for granted.

‘‘We spend so much time look­ing for the fu­ture we for­get to turn around. But amongst all this striv­ing for val­i­da­tion and suc­cess we some­times for­get to broaden our vi­sion.

‘‘To­day is a day of broad­en­ing that vi­sion.’’

Tributes con­tin­ued in Ti­rau with the of­fi­cial bless­ing of the War Me­mo­rial Plaque blessed by Kau­matua Ho­hepa Winika.

Lieu­tenant Stephen Molan from the Sal­va­tion Army in Toko­roa shares a mes­sage of hope and peace.

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