Ser­vice taken to rest home

South Waikato News - - Out & About - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Mem­bers of the Toko­roa RSA ex­tended it’s An­zac spirit to the com­mu­nity’s old­est res­i­dents with a spe­cial ser­vice last week.

Res­i­dents at Vic­to­ria Place Rest Home and Hospi­tal got the op­por­tu­nity to pay their own tributes.

Res­i­dent Syd­ney Kill­gour is a re­turned ser­vice­man and didn’t want the res­i­dents to miss out on an im­por­tant event.

‘‘I wanted to have it here even though a lot of them aren’t re­ally well.

‘‘Peo­ple sit here all day and I don’t be­lieve in that.’’

Kill­gour served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force as a Lead­ing air­craft­man.

Next year he plans to have a flag pole to raise the flag in the court­yard.

Ken Reid, pres­i­dent of the Toko­roa RSA, said a cross to hon­our Mr R. Rol­lett was brought down for the res­i­dents to lay wreaths.

‘‘As far as we know he was the only per­son from Toko­roa killed in the first World War.’’

This is the first time the RSA has con­ducted a ser­vice at the Rest Home which Reid said should have been done ear­lier.

Vice pres­i­dent Max Mathews said there have been a few mem­bers from the home who’d served over­seas.

Serv­ing in Ja­pan af­ter the war he still en­joys keep­ing in step as a marker for the Toko­roa dawn pa­rade.

Next year he plans to have a flag pole to raise the flag in the court­yard.

Toko­roa pres­i­dent Ken Reid, Syd­ney Kill­gour and Bob Grange join other mem­bers shar­ing a AN­ZAC ser­vice for res­i­dents at Vic­to­ria Place Rest Home.

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