Ev­ery face has a story

Waihi Leader - - Front Page - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

The Ar­mistice 100 ex­hi­bi­tion opened at Waihi Memo­rial Hall on Mon­day evening.

The dis­play pays tribute to the lo­cal men and women from Waihi and Waikino who fought dur­ing World War I. The ex­hi­bi­tion is open to the com­mu­nity, groups and schools on de­mand, and the de­tailed pro­gramme of Waihi Ar­mistice Cen­ten­nial com­mem­o­ra­tions from Fri­day, Novem­ber 9 to Sun­day 11 has been re­leased.

The open­ing of the Ar­mistice Waihi:1918-2018 Ex­hi­bi­tion was held on Mon­day, with the com­mu­nity and Hau­raki District coun­cil­lors tak­ing part.

Dozen of por­traits with pop­pies at­tached and names fills up the wall at Waihi Memo­rial Hall.

“The names on the wall are Waihi names and there are just or­di­nary names, as we have seen many down here, ” Kit Wil­son, Waihi Ar­mistice 100 com­mit­tee mem­ber said.

There are names and pho­tos of lo­cal men and women who fought dur­ing the Great War.

“Ev­ery­one of these men here has a story of hero­ism or de­ter­mi­na­tion. Be­hind each man is a woman or a sweet­heart or a child left be­hind. When you see the men here, re­mem­ber that be­hind them is a fam­ily,” he said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, or­gan­ised by Waihi Ar­mistice 100 com­mit­tee, pays tribute to lo­cal he­roes and is part of a series of events lead­ing up to the main 100-year Ar­mistice three-day com­mem­o­ra­tions that will take place on Novem­ber 9-11.

The dis­play is a com­mu­ni­ty­driven ini­tia­tive that has in­volved res­i­dents of all ages and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Waihi and sur­rounds.

It will be open to­day and Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 25 from 12-3pm, and on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 22, Fri­day Oc­to­ber 26, Mon­day Oc­to­ber 29, Fri­day Novem­ber 2 and Mon­day Novem­ber 5 from 10am to 3pm un­til the main com­mem­o­ra­tions.

PHOTO / ME­LANIE CAMOIN

PHO­TOS / ME­LANIE CAMOIN

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