Ar­mistice Day cen­te­nary

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Al­most 100 years ago, at 11am on Novem­ber 11, 1918, the guns along the West­ern Front be­tween France and Bel­gium fell silent. The war, that so-called ‘Great-War-toEnd — All-Wars’ was over.

Af­ter four years of bit­ter fight­ing, and mil­lions of lives had been lost, it was peace at last.

To mark the cen­te­nary of that im­por­tant oc­ca­sion, at 11am on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 the Te Awa­mutu and Dis­trict Re­turned and Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion will be hold­ing a Civic Ser­vice at the Ceno­taph on An­zac Green. It will fol­low the for­mat of the Civic Ser­vice on An­zac Day.

As it is on a Sun­day, Te Awa­mutu churches and their con­gre­ga­tions are in­vited to at­tend and par­tic­i­pate. It is also hoped lo­cal churches will ring their church bells at 11am to com­mem­o­rate the Ar­mistice.

A street pa­rade com­manded by A-J Quinn, which will in­clude a de­tach­ment of Reg­u­lar Force ser­vice­men, will march along Alexan­dra St from the RSA at 10.45am to An­zac Green. All vet­er­ans and in­ter­ested per­sons are wel­come to join and march in the pa­rade, which will be led by Te Awa­mutu Brass and sup­ported by the Com­mu­nity Cadets.

There will be a spe­cial­ly­commis­sioned plaque which will be un­veiled by TaranakiKing Coun­try MP Bar­bara Kuriger and Waipa¯ Dis­trict coun­cil­lor Susan O’Re­gan.

Bar­bara will also de­liver an ad­dress.

The pa­rade will form up for the re­turn march to the RSA Clu­b­rooms and be hosted for a com­mem­o­ra­tion lunch. Any in­di­vid­u­als or groups wish­ing to lay a wreath will need to con­tact the RSA to­day or to­mor­row.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to at­tend this his­toric oc­ca­sion. A cen­ten­nial pro­gramme will be made avail­able. Also as­so­ci­ated with the oc­ca­sion, Ta­los is pre­par­ing a spe­cial pro­duc­tion around the Ar­mistice theme, Here’s To Our He­roes, and mem­bers of the RSA Women’s Sec­tion are mak­ing purple pop­pies to mark the mem­ory of the an­i­mals which died in WWI.

Photo / Te Awa­mutu Mu­seum

Te Awa­mutu’s first An­zac Pa­rade in 1919, or­gan­ised by the then newly formed Te Awa­mutu RSA.

Photo / Grant John­ston

Some of the ranks of re­turned ser­vi­cepeo­ple who pa­raded at the Te Awa­mutu Ceno­taph for the 90th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day.

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