Blessed to have stood in remembrance
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