Hun­dreds at dawn ser­vice


Hun­dreds gath­ered on a crisp, clear Levin morn­ing for the town’s Anzac dawn ser­vice.

The pro­ces­sion marched from the RSA build­ing on Devon St to the Ceno­taph on the other side of town.

It was Levin RSA pres­i­dent Wayne Kaye’s first year lead­ing the pa­rade.

‘‘I found it re­ally quite emo­tional, but there was a great fol­low­ing and a great turnout,’’ he said.

‘‘It was just so good to fol­low those who’ve been here be­fore me.’’

Kaye said the turnout for the dawn pa­rade had been ris­ing for the last five years, and did so again on Tues­day.

He was happy young peo­ple were in­volved in the ser­vice - Waiopehu Col­lege singers per­formed the Na­tional An­them, and Pipes and Drums of Horowhenua also per­formed.

It is the first time the Levin RSA dawn pa­rade has been led by non-mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

Kaye’s fa­ther Vince, a former Levin RSA pres­i­dent, served in World War II, but he did not serve him­self. Deputy Mayor Wayne Bishop, who also led the pa­rade, also did not have a mil­i­tary back­ground.

Levin res­i­dent Graeme Ching had his grand­chil­dren, Aaron and Hay­ley Mar­shall, stay­ing with him for Easter. They were in­volved in sea scouts and girl guides groups re­spec­tively, and came down from Hamil­ton.

He said the com­mem­o­ra­tions touched sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of his fam­ily.

‘‘Both my grand­fa­ther and my fa­ther served. Dad was a bomber pi­lot in the Sec­ond World War.

‘‘Only grand­dad marched. Dad never did ... he al­ways com­mem­o­rated at home.

It’s great to see the chil­dren com­mem­o­rat­ing it.’’

This was the third Anzac Day mark­ing the cen­te­nary of WWI. Over­all, 23 Levin res­i­dents died dur­ing the First World War.

Levin’s civic cer­e­mony held later in the morn­ing also at­tracted a strong turnout. Com­mem­o­ra­tions were also ob­served in Fox­ton, Shan­non, Manakau, Waitarere Beach, Moutoa and Toko­maru.

A dawn ser­vice was also held in Fox­ton.

Waiopehu Col­lege head girl Leah Praat lays a wreath at the Levin Anzac Day civic cer­e­mony. The head stu­dents from both Levin col­leges were in­volved in the com­mem­o­ra­tion. Wayne Kaye

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