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A hun­dred years ago, the GreatWar was still rag­ing. A va­ri­ety of spe­cial events have been held in­Wairarapa lead­ing up to and on Anzac Day to re­mem­ber the fallen.

Lo­cally made doc­u­men­taries, mu­si­cal pro­duc­tions and the an­nual re­mem­brance cer­e­monies at­tracted thou­sands through­out the re­gion with the weather bright­en­ing up on Tues­day for one of the longestrun­ning Anzac me­mo­rial ser­vices in the world. About 1000 peo­ple at­tended the Tinui ser­vice, which was led by lo­cal par­ish vicar Steve Thomson. Com­man­der of the old­est unit in the New Zealand Army, Queen Alexan­dra’sMounted Ri­fles, Ma­jor Steve Fisher was guest speaker at the ser­vice held out­side the lo­cal church. Two of the Army’s light ar­moured ve­hi­cles (LAVs) were at Tinui and there was a fly past of vin­tage mil­i­tary air­craft dur­ing the ser­vice. A book writ­ten by res­i­dent Alan Emer­son has been pub­lished cel­e­brat­ing last year’s Tinui ser­vice centennial (see page 20).

On Sun­day, Re­gent3 cin­ema in Master­ton hosted the pre­miere of a doc­u­men­tary about the Feather­ston’sWorldWar I Mil­i­tary Camp (see page 6) and on Satur­day St Matthew’s Church played host to the For King and Coun­try Choir (see page 8), which put on a mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion telling the sto­ries of young Ki­wis head­ing off to war.

Com­mem­o­ra­tions ser­vices were also held on Tues­day morn­ing at The Ceno­taph in Master­ton Queen El­iz­a­beth Park, Glad­stone

Me­mo­rial on Te Whiti Rd, Mart­in­bor­ough Town Square. the Eke­tahuna Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, the Anzac Me­mo­rial Bridge in Kaiparoro Mt Bruce, theWarMe­mo­rial on Fitzher­bert St in Feather­ston, theWar Me­mo­rial on Ku­ratawhiti St in Grey­town, at the Flagstaff in Lake Ferry and in Me­mo­rial Square in Carter­ton. Doc­u­men­tary pre­miere, page 6 Sol­diers’ sto­ries in song, page 8 Tinui centennial book, page 20

PHOTO: HUGH BAR­LOW

The King and Coun­try Choir singers in full swing dur­ing their mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion at St Matthew’s Church on Satur­day.

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