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At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…
Some of us still pause to think of the importance of that day in 1918 and also to remember those who have served and died in military service over the years.
Some seek a quiet place to be at that time of reflection, and one of Tawa’s little-known monuments may just be that place.
The remains of King Richard III were buried at Leicester Cathedral earlier this week, closing a late chapter in the Wars of the Roses.
Died, South Africa, 5th December 2013
Now resting from his labours.
Distinguished journalist and television broadcaster Alan Whicker died this week, aged 87.
Thursday, 25th April 2013
Perhaps as many as three hundred people of all ages attended the ANZAC Day parade at Tawa this morning. The local pipe band led the procession from the centre of the village to the RSA rooms, followed by family groups, children in pushchairs, and a large black labrador howling at the skirl of the pipes.
A brief welcome took place outside the RSA and about two thirds of the crowd filed inside to attend the service. It was standing room only inside the RSA’s main hall.
The rain held off during the parade but began to fall during the latter part of the commemoration ceremony. A colonel from the New Zealand Army addressed the crowd, and the braver attendees joined the bun-fight in search of a cup of tea or a beer with their buddies.
Unofficial reports suggest that the local Poppy Day collection was much-improved this year as well.
All round, it was a good effort by the local community in support of their service men and women.
They were remembered in style this morning.
The eccentric populariser of astronomy, Patrick Moore, died yesterday at the age of 89.
Though their ranks thin with time,
we haven’t forgotten them.
The Returned and Services Association (RSA) decision to import poppies for the 2012 Poppy Day Appeal instead of having them made in New Zealand has stirred up public opinion during this year’s appeal.
One of Gisborne’s treasured monuments remains in a precarious state more than three years after it was damaged by a strong earthquake.
For nearly a week we’ve been living in hope that the 29 miners trapped in the Pike River coalmine on the South Island’s West Coast had survived the gas explosion and could be rescued. A second gas explosion this afternoon has dashed that hope.
Dame Patricia Evison, well-known New Zealand actor, died today.
Some Wellingtonians were woken on Armistice Day 2008 by a deep magnitude 4.0 earthquake which struck 30 km east of Seddon at 6:20 a.m. A nearby shallow magnitude 3.1 quake followed eleven minutes later.