Remembrance

Apr 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Events, News

The Gordonton Hall was packed this morning as folk from around the district attended the 97th Anniversary of the landing at Anzac Cove.

Commander Brett Fottheringham set the tone with an address on his visit to war graves in Burma.  He told of the thousands of POWs who died building the railroad; and how they were relocated from where they had been interred alongside the track into large military cemeteries.

In searching for the graves of three New Zealanders he was struck by the epitaphs on the Commonwealth solidiers’ graves – many with the theme of remembrance.

Prayers and songs followed, then the laying of wreaths outside on Gordonton’s War Memorial Cenotaph.

More than 100,000 New Zealanders, men and women, were deployed for service in World War One, approximately 10% of New Zealand’s population of the time; many thousands never returned.

Now an annual event in Gordonton, the Anzac Day Service was organised by members from St Mary’s Church, WEC Oaks and the Gordonton Community Board.

Click on the first photo for slideshow.

Memories inside the hall

Memories inside the hall

A good turnout

A good turnout

The Orini Scouts wait their moment

The Orini Scouts wait their moment

The Very Reverend David Moxon, Archbishop of New Zealand, gives his blessing

The Very Reverend David Moxon, Archbishop of New Zealand, gives his blessing

The wreath laying begins

The wreath laying begins

Southwell students pay their respects

Southwell students pay their respects

Gordonton's Betty Anderson takes part

Gordonton's Betty Anderson takes part

Ross Hopkins was responsible for the parade of heritage vehicles

Ross Hopkins was responsible for the parade of heritage vehicles

Will Dixon checks out one of the treasures

Will Dixon checks out one of the treasures

Remembrance

Remembrance

Bugler Bill Stoneham waits...

Bugler Bill Stoneham waits...

Before playing The Last Post

Before playing The Last Post

 

 

 

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4 Comments to “Remembrance”

  1. Judy says:

    Great photos Annette.

  2. [...] view a slideshow from last year’s Anzac Day service, click here.  Chris would like to hear from any one interested and welcomes suggestions. Phone him on 07 824 [...]

  3. [...] organised by the ANZAC committee of Gordonton and was chaired by Commander Brett Fottheringham.  Click here to see photographs from last year’s service.  Oh, and if you would like a copy of a pic, [...]

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