Ar­mistice Day ser­vice on

Stratford Press - - News -

The Eltham RSA is hold­ing a spe­cial ser­vice to com­mem­o­rate Ar­mistice Day.

Peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to meet at the Eltham RSA Ceme­tery at 10.30am for the ser­vice which starts at 11am.

This year marks the cen­te­nary of the ar­mistice that ended World War I in 1918 af­ter four years of con­flict. Around 100,000 New Zealan­ders served over­seas dur­ing the war and around 18,000 lost their lives.

Eltham RSA padre Lind­say Main­don­ald says the ceme­tery is a beau­ti­ful set­ting for the cer­e­mony which will hon­our those who fought and served dur­ing the war.

Peo­ple are asked to gather at 10.30am for the cer­e­mony which will get un­der way at 11am. Lind­say, who had both grand­fa­thers fight in the war, says it was im­por­tant to com­mem­o­rate the day and ed­u­cate fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. The cer­e­mony will start with a mo­ment’s si­lence and will fea­ture speak­ers, a wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony and a lament which will be played by a piper.

Lind­say says the war had a wide reach­ing ef­fect on New Zealand, and small com­mu­ni­ties felt the loss of men deeply. Out of the 24 Maata men who went to war, six did not come home. “The war had a big im­pact on Eltham and sur­round­ing dis­tricts.”

The ser­vice will be held in wet or fine weather. Peo­ple are en­cour­aged to wear their medals as they do for Anzac Day.

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