High in­ter­est in Anzac Day

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - The Mon­day April 25 dawn ser­vice com­mences at 6am and the Civic Ser­vice at 9.15am.

On Anzac Day, Palmer­ston North is one of sev­eral cen­tres that of­fers a mid-morn­ing civic ser­vice in ad­di­tion to the dawn pa­rade.

Palmer­ston North RSA rep­re­sen­ta­tives have asked the city coun­cil to again co­or­di­nate the dawn ser­vice on their be­half, and in or­der to ad­dress is­sues raised last year about these pub­lic com­mem­o­ra­tions, changes have been in­tro­duced to in­crease com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, par­tic­u­larly with wreath lay­ing and march­ing in the pa­rade.

A li­brary-based web­site has been de­vel­oped so com­mu­nity groups and mem­bers of the pub­lic can reg­is­ter for ei­ther or both ac­tiv­i­ties.

‘‘The web­site is al­ready ded­i­cated to World War I, so seemed a log­i­cal place for the reg­is­tra­tion process,’’ ex­plains City Li­brary’s Deb­bie Dun­can. Or­gan­i­sa­tions, groups and in­di­vid­u­als wish­ing to lay wreaths at ei­ther ser­vice, or march in the pa­rade should reg­is­ter at http://ww1.pncc.govt.nz.

As WWI cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions con­tinue, and a new gen­er­a­tion of young peo­ple learns about and un­der­stands the sig­nif­i­cance of the day, Deb­bie pre­dicts the re­sponse to the city’s Anzac Day ser­vices will grow.

PHOTO: DAVID UN­WIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Yvonne Upchurch and event or­gan­iser Heather Glas­gow have been among those at City Li­brary on Fri­day morn­ings to knit pop­pies for a com­mu­nity Anzac Day wreath to be laid by the mayor, Grant Smith.

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