Every face has a story
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.
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