A re-dedication Service at Te Rore War Memorial last week was held to mark the conclusion of a refurbishment project undertaken by the Te Rore Hall Association.
The concrete monument and flagpole on a plot of land on Allcock Road was established in the 1940s, near the hall and the school (since disestablished), to commemorate the men of the district who had served their country in World War I and World War II — especially those who died.
Originally a rose garden memorial, the beds had since been removed because growing conditions had changed.
The hall association decided to refurbish the site itself, as well as conduct more research into the families of the men involved in the conflicts.
Project organiser Carol Lodge says funding grants from Waipa¯ District Council heritage fund, Te Awamutu RSA, Mt Pirongia Lions and Waipa¯/King Country Rural Women and free work on the old gate by Perry Metal Protection made the project possible.
She says RSA district liaison officer Irene Wardlaw was invaluable to the group and she also assisted with the formalities of the re-dedication service.
The old fence was replaced by a modern design of Mt Pirongia, conceived by Fran Allcock, wife of hall committee chairman Tony, and constructed of metal by Stewart & Cavalier.
Wreaths were laid by the hall committee, Mt Pirongia Lions, the Lorimer family and Council.
In fitting rural style, the service was followed by homemade morning tea and hot drinks in the hall.
Carol says the project group is proud of the outcome and thanks everyone involved for doing such a great job.
“The War Memorial is once again a fitting tribute to those who served and made sacrifices for their families and country.”
■ Applications are now being taken for the next round of the Waipa¯ District Council heritage fund — see P3 for details.
RE-DEDICATION Service at refurbished Te Rore War Memorial.
WREATHS laid by groups involved in the refurbishment project.