* Com­mem­o­ra­tions to­mor­row in Can­ter­bury

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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.

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