Armistice Day remembered in Waiuku
Proceedings began at 11am with the Last Post, followed by the lowering of the flags and the observance of a minute’s silence in memory of those who died while serving their country. John Mann recited the Ode to the Fallen and members of the community came forward to place their tributes on the cenotaph.
Andrew Russ from the RSA was pleased with the number of school children in attendance from Waiuku College and View Road School, taking into consideration that the View Road School children walked to the cenotaph to pay their respects. Other stalwarts of the community comprised of Karl Brightwell with the Waiuku Scouts, Peter Hook and 92 year old Jack Lawrence who also walked to the cenotaph.
Armistice Day is remembered every year and is open to all families and is observed at 11am on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Also sometimes referred to as Remembrance Day, it marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended WWI, commemorating the sacrifice of those who died serving New Zealand, as well as all wars and armed conflict.
On Armistice Day 1918, New Zealand had 58,129 troops in the field, while an additional 10,000 were under training in New Zealand.
With a population of 1.1 million in 1914, New Zealand sent 100,000 men and women abroad. 16,700 died and over 40,000 were wounded – a higher casualty rate per capita than any other country involved.