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.