Wakari Girl Guides Marnie Marshall-Seeley (9) and Josephine
Throp (10) make posies at HMNZS Toroa yesterday morning.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
Young and old were busy in Dunedin yesterday remembering
those who did grow not old.
More than 50 volunteers spent yesterday morning making 4500
rosemary posies to be placed on servicemen's graves today for
''Rosemary is for remembrance. It's not just for cooking
with,'' volunteer Jim Robertson, of Mosgiel, said.
Rosemary was traditionally placed in the hands of the dead at
funerals and has particular significance to Anzacs, as the
herb grows wild on the Gallipoli peninsula.
Mr Robertson (89) was part of the New Zealand J Force, which
occupied Japan at the end of World War 2, and had been
helping with the Anzac Day rosemary sprig tradition ''since
''Some people have been coming along to help for quite a few
years,'' he said.
''We get most of the rosemary from around Dunedin and a bit
from Roxburgh. We put one sprig on each grave. We used to
have flowers with them, as well, but it got a bit too
Dunedin Girl Guides, Brownies and Pippins will place the
posies on services section graves in ceremonies at the
Andersons Bay and Green Park cemeteries this morning.
''It's to remember those who served us in the war,'' Wakari
Girl Guide Josephine Throp said yesterday.
''It's the day we remember those who gave their lives for
Toitu Otago Settlers Museum will open at 7am today to provide
free tea and coffee for people attending the Anzac Day dawn
service at Queens Gardens, which starts at 6.30am.
Museum acting director Jennifer Evans said it was continuing
an Anzac Day tradition by offering the hot drinks.
The refreshments would be provided by museum staff, supported
by Otago Settlers Association volunteers, in part of the
Josephine Foyer. The museum cafe would also be opening early,
Ms Evans said.