Whangarei Leader : March 31st 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Wewill remember By ABI THOMAS A NEW war memorial at Laurie Hall Park honours those who died serving our country and district. It was unveiled during the weekend with about 200 people in attendance. Schoolchildren planted 200 white crosses in the grass in front of the memorial, creating the Field of Remembrance to the fallen which will remain until Anzac Day. Air Commodore Tony Davies of the NZ Air Force grew up in the Waipu/Langs Beach area and says the memorial is of huge significance to him personally. He says the Gallipoli cam- paign was a turning point for national identity because before that most New Zealanders identified more as a member of their province than their nation. ‘‘More than 130 men from Whangarei went to Gallipoli. They left us as Northlanders, they returned as Kiwis.’’ Davies, who spoke at the unveiling, says the men who went to war were not heroes, to begin with at least, but normal, ordinary people. ‘‘We ordinary New Zealanders are capable of achieving extraordinary things.’’ Fritter 6 Studio on the hunt for musicians – P14 TODAY Good sorts Happy helpers earn cake – P13 St Francis Xavier students stand by crosses they planted in the Field of Remembrance. Mayor Sheryl Mai says Laurie Hall received an MBE for his services to Whangarei so the park is an ideal venue. ‘‘I urge you to come to this place often, in person or in thought . . . to feel honoured, humbled and inspired.’’ Wreaths were laid by the Mayor, Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti, two Whangarei Girls’ High School students representing the youth of the district, and a representative of the armed forces. Most onlookers took the opportunity to collect a poppy and place it at the foot of the memorial, taking the Photos ABITHOMAS time to look at the names of the war dead. Archie Dixon of the RSA says the new memorial is the culmination of years of planning and work by Whangarei District Council and the Returned and Services Association. Ian Reed of the RSA work- ed with the community to compile up-to-date lists of Whangarei service men and women who lost their lives in war conflicts in the past century, to be displayed on the new memorial. CONTINUED Page 19 Easter recipe Make an Easter favourite – P16 E-EDITION Win tickets Get a taste of the Jews Brothers Band at whangareileader.co.nz (story P15). Click Latest Edition. A young girl points to the name of a fallen Whangarei soldier on the memorial wall. Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai lays a wreath at the cenotaph.
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