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