* Commemorations tomorrow in Canterbury
One hundred years ago tomorrow, World War I finally came to an end after an armistice was agreed in a railway carriage in northern France. Here are three of several events where Cantabrians can mark the occasion:
Christchurch city: Parade to start at 10.55am in Cashel St, forming up to face the monument that links Oxford Tce and Cambridge Tce over the Avon River. Wreaths to be laid by Mayor Lianne Dalziel and service representatives. The Cathedral Choir will perform prior to blessings by the Very Reverend Lawrence Kimberley and Father Dan Doyle, with the service to end at noon. Nearby in Cranmer Square, a field of 4389 white crosses and one Star of David depict the heavy losses suffered by Canterbury families.
Air Force Museum: Armistice Concert for Peace presented by Music Canterbury from 10.45am to 1pm. Begins with a march up by Woolston Brass, followed by a minutes’ silence at 11am and a short commemoration service by the New Zealand Air Force. Assemble in the aircraft hall for a performance of Pro Patria, conducted by Tyme Marsters and written by compere Dr Philip Norman for the WWI centenary, followed by a free concert by local choirs and music groups.
Akaroa: Memorial, Rue Lavaud, beginning at 10.50am. Tea, coffee and 1916 rolled-oat biscuits (forerunners of the Anzac biscuit) will be served after the ceremony.