Armistice Day marked in Te Anau

Fiordland RSA President Geoff Trumper and Te Anau Chaplain Rev Craig Allan leading the Armistice...
Fiordland RSA President Geoff Trumper and Te Anau Chaplain Rev Craig Allan leading the Armistice Day commemorations at Te Anau War Memorial, Anzac Reserve with John Fraser at The Flagpole. Photo Julie Walls
Fiordland RSA member Bob Yates saying the Ode to Remembrance poem. Photo Julie Walls
Fiordland RSA member Bob Yates saying the Ode to Remembrance poem. Photo Julie Walls
Fiordland RSA member Margaret Fraser (L) and 15-year-old Fiordland College student Molly-Jane...
Fiordland RSA member Margaret Fraser (L) and 15-year-old Fiordland College student Molly-Jane Allan both of Te Anau laid the commemorative wreath at Te Anau War Memorial, Anzac Reserve. Photo Julie Walls
Te Anau War Memorial. Anzac Reserve, Town Centre Te Anau. Photo Julie Walls
Te Anau War Memorial. Anzac Reserve, Town Centre Te Anau. Photo Julie Walls

November 11, 2019 also known as Armistice Day, with the commemoration of 101 years since the end of First World War was marked in Te Anau at Te Anau War Memorial, Anzac Reserve with up to 50 people who gathered for the anniversary.

The signing of the Armistice is observed in New Zealand at 11am on November 11, (the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month). Two minutes silence is observed in memory of those New Zealanders, including three Fiordlanders who died while serving their country.

President Geoff Trumper said “The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month gained a special significance in the years after the first world war was finished. To remember those who fallen, the Allied nations chose the day and time for the commemoration of their war dead and called it Armistice Day”.

Piper Ann Robbie of Ryal Bush played Piper’s Lament, Ode of Remembrance by Bob Yates and John Fraser of Te Anau lowered the New Zealand flag.

Wreaths were laid at the Memorial by Fiordland RSA and St John Ambulance Te Anau.

We will remember them.

 - Julie Walls

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