Blessed to have stood in re­mem­brance

Waipa Post - - News -

I wish to write to ex­press our sense of in­clu­sion and pur­pose at the Land Wars Com­mem­o­ra­tion held in Ki­hik­ihi.

It is heart-warm­ing to be to­gether in cre­at­ing our own lo­cal tra­di­tion around how we re­mem­ber such piv­otal his­tory in our own midst.

Our young peo­ple who at­tended want to of­fer their thanks to the or­gan­is­ers and work­ers who cre­ated such an im­pres­sive event for us to gather around to re­mem­ber our fallen war­riors and sol­diers, and the liv­ing im­pact of the wars on fam­i­lies to­day.

The Otoro­hanga ¯ Col­lege stu­dents were im­pressed by the ex­per­tise and hu­mour of the speak­ers, with our girls es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­at­ing the sto­ries of women and chil­dren, and how they are our un­sung heroes of the New Zealand Land Wars.

They were humbled by rep­re­sent­ing our col­lege in the bless­ing and lay­ing of the wreaths of re­mem­brance.

Driv­ing home af­ter “awe­some kai” in the school hall, they said “we can achieve any­thing”.

Te Awa­mutu can be proud of the Land Wars flags fly­ing high and how blessed we are to have stood with so many in re­mem­brance.

Me Mauma­hara Ta­tou.

Nga¯ mihi nui, na¯ .

LOR­RAINE FOX Otoro­hanga ¯ Col­lege BOT Chair On be­half of teach­ers and stu­dents of O¯ toro­hanga Col­lege

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