High interest in Anzac Day
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.
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.