100 years on . . . we still re­mem­ber them

Waikato Times - - News - Ger­ald Pid­dock ger­ald.pid­dock@stuff.co.nz

The 100th an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day will be cel­e­brated in Waikato this week­end with events and remembrance ser­vices around the re­gion.

Novem­ber 11 marks the cen­te­nary for the end of World War I.

In Hamil­ton, there will be a ser­vice start­ing at 10.15am at at Memo­rial Park on River Rd fea­tur­ing the re­cre­ation of a ‘‘roar­ing cho­rus’’ of ‘‘pip­ings, blast­ings, toot­ings and rat­tlings’’ which fea­tured in Ar­mistice Day cel­e­bra­tions in 1918.

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil mayor An­drew King said it would give the two min­utes si­lence be­ing ob­served at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month par­tic­u­lar res­o­nance.

‘‘One hun­dred years on, we still re­mem­ber them, those who served and par­tic­u­larly those who didn’t re­turn from the Great War.

‘‘Our cen­te­nary memo­rial event, and sub­se­quent com­mu­nity con­cert and pic­nic, will be a time to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fices made by Ki­wis and oth­ers dur­ing that ter­ri­ble con­flict, to cel­e­brate the peace that fol­lowed and to look to the fu­ture.’’

It was also an op­por­tu­nity to deepen Waikato’s ties with the Bel­gian city of Ieper (Ypres), an area where many Waikato sol­diers served, he said.

Hamil­ton has in­stalled a Ieper gar­den at Memo­rial Park, while Ieper is cur­rently de­vel­op­ing a Hamil­ton Park in their city.

King, for­mer Ieper mayor Luc De­haene and for­mer Hamil­ton coun­cil­lor Peter Bos will speak at the ser­vice.

It will also in­clude the bury­ing of a time cap­sule.

Among its con­tents will be mem­o­ra­bilia from the fore­bears of lo­cal busi­ness peo­ple along with sto­ries about the Hamil­ton busi­nesses in­volved.

A memo­rial grave­stone will for the first time this year be in place in the leper gar­den for Ar­mistice Day.

Three hun­dred named white crosses will be dis­played in mem­ory of the Hamil­ton peo­ple who died in the con­flict.

Af­ter the ser­vice there will be a com­mu­nity pic­nic, with brass bands, choirs, songs and mu­sic per­formed from World War I era, and old-style games such as egg and spoon, and sack races.

Pur­ple pop­pies rep­re­sent­ing an­i­mals who died in the con­flict will be avail­able from the War Horse Trust.

Cam­bridge will com­mem­o­rate the oc­ca­sion with a pa­rade on Vic­to­ria Street start­ing at 9.55am, fol­lowed by a ser­vice on the plaza out­side the Town Hall and lay­ing of wreaths at the Ceno­taph.

Com­mu­nity group Ar­mistice in Cam­bridge are hold­ing their an­nual two day com­mem­o­ra­tions at the Mighty River do­main near Lake Kara­piro.

Gates open for the event at 9am on Novem­ber 11 and con­tinue into the fol­low­ing day and fea­tures bat­tle reen­act­ments, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and mil­i­tary dis­plays.

Two Waikato lo­ca­tions will par­tic­i­pate in global Bat­tle’s O’er trib­utes.

At 6am, New Zealand leads the world­wide tim­ing of this event where a piper or two play the tune When The Bat­tle Is Over, now played when a war fin­ishes. This will take place at Rukuhia School and at St An­drew’s Angli­can Church.

There will also be a ser­vice at Te Kauwhata at the Sol­diers Memo­rial on the Vil­lage Green start­ing at 10.30am.


Three hun­dred white crosses will be dis­played at Memo­rial Park in mem­ory of the Hamil­ton peo­ple who died in the First World War as part of the Ar­mistice Day cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions.

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