Dou­ble cer­e­mony

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

About 45 peo­ple gath­ered in Ka¯ whia on Novem­ber 3 to com­mem­o­rate sign­ing of the Ar­mistice of World War I and the life and work of Sis­ter Mary Reidy.

The dou­ble cer­e­mony was or­gan­ised by lo­cal Theresa Arm­strong on be­half of the Te Awa­mutu Re­turned Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion and the Ka¯whia com­mu­nity.

Presided over by RSA pres­i­dent Lou Brown, he was joined by guest speak­ers Ka¯whia doc­tor John Bur­ton and New Zealand Army re­serve soldier Steve Gane. O¯ toro­hanga mayor Max Bax­ter un­veiled the plaque ded­i­cated to the leg­endary WWI nurse.

“Ev­ery­one was re­ally ex­cited be­cause they knew of the lady — but didn’t know about her,” said Theresa.

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New Zealand Army re­serve soldier Steve Gane’s re­search of Sis­ter Reidy shows her to have been a won­der­ful lady and an in­spi­ra­tion to all.

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Lo­cal doc­tor John Bur­ton told sto­ries of the World War I nurse at the sis­ter Mary Reidy Com­mem­o­ra­tion on Novem­ber 3 in Ka¯ whia.

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