Fiordland remembers

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Waimutuku Southern Scenic Highland Pipe Band pipers lead the large parade from the Top End of Te Anau Town Centre and marching through the Town Centre to the ANZAC Reserve Memorial on the Te Anau lakefront. Photo Julie Walls

FIORDLAND’S Anzac Day spirit was shown by the 40 people who attended the Dawn Service at the Te Anau Club Memorial flagpole and the 1000 at the morning service at the Te Anau War Memorial.

RSA president Geoff Trumper said the Dawn Service was a unique opportunity for a special time for reflection.

“We have flagpoles at all venues with the one at the cemetery being installed last year. There were many who travelled to the cemetery after the Dawn Service who put poppies on graves this year.”

Nadia Smith and children Ethan (4) and Vera (2) reflect on the laying of the wreath at the Anzac Reserve Memorial from the Blue Duck Early Learning Centre. Photo: Julie Walls

People at the Dawn Service said it was a very special service – simple, moving and respectful.

After a performance by a kapa haka group, Waimutuku Southern Scenic Highland Pipe Band members led the parade from the town centre, followed by Scouting Te Anau flagbearers, Fiordland RSA members, Te Anau Fire Brigade and the public.

Three military vehicles from Fiordland Military Museum were also on display, but the one-gun salute across the lake from a 105mm Howitzer military gun had been canned this year due to the Christchurch incident.

At the service, the dedication was performed by Rev Craig Allan, with readings by Fiordland College head pupils, the Ode read by Bob Yates and the national anthem was sung by Erica den Hertog. Guest speakers were Shaun Cantwell, of Te Anau, and National MP Hon Hamish Walker.

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