Matakana School honours those who fought in the great war at their memorial service

Matakana School's student leaders attend their memorial service to remember those who lost their lives in the war.
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Matakana School's student leaders attend their memorial service to remember those who lost their lives in the war.

Matakana School held a memorial service to honour those who fought for New Zealand during the great war.

Students, teachers and parents gathered around Matakana School's King George statue on April 13 for their Anzac ceremony before the school holidays.

Their short service educated the children about Anzac Day, and was a time for all to remember those who lost their lives during the war.

Matakana School holds an Anzac memorial service for teachers, students and parents.
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Matakana School holds an Anzac memorial service for teachers, students and parents.

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Prior to the day, students spent time making decorations and poppies to help make the day special.

Some students even brought their great grandparent's medals along to show and wear.

Student leader, Cormac wears his great grandfather's war medals with pride.
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Student leader, Cormac wears his great grandfather's war medals with pride.

Student leader, Cormac, wore his great granddad's service medals with pride on the day.

One of the medals he wore was for his grandfather's service to New Zealand between 1939 and 1945.

Cormac also wore a defence medal which was for the same time period, and a Rob's Bravery Decoration medal which his great grandfather received whilst working for the New Zealand Police.

The school thanked everyone who attended and the gave a special thanks to local enthusiast, Adrienne Miller for all her help and encouragement to keep the Anzac spirit so special in their school community.

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On April 25, the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA will be holding a service at 6am and 11am at the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA, 43a Vipond Road Whangaparaoa.

On the same day, the Warkworth Dawn Parade will assemble at 5:45am at the Warkworth RSA, and their service will be at the War Memorial on Church Street at 6am. 

The Warkworth Civic Parade will assemble at 10:10am at the Warkworth RSA, and the service will be held at 10:30am at the War Memorial.

 

 - Rodney Times

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