Sponsor a cross for veterans

CIARA PRATT
Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014
Mike Kernot, left, and John Ross
Ciara Pratt
REMEMBERING HEROES: Mike Kernot, left, and John Ross are organising and taking part in Swanson Memorial RSA’s Field of Remembrance.

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White crosses will dot the grass in Swanson leading up to Anzac Day.

Swanson Memorial RSA is creating its own Field of Remembrance in memory of West Auckland's soldiers and their sacrifice.

One hundred white crosses will stand in the grass at the front of the grounds from Easter weekend through to Anzac Day.

The crosses can be sponsored for $10 by families and will have the name and military details of their serviceman or woman written on the cross.

Swanson Memorial RSA's welfare adviser John Ross, 89, has sponsored two crosses which pay tribute to fallen relatives - his father and his grandfather.

Having served himself in World War II and the Korean War, he believes it's important to keep the memory of past battles alive.

"If we don't keep it in people's minds it's going to disappear."

Massey resident and Swanson Memorial RSA committee member Mike Kernot says many West Aucklanders went to war including 21 men and women from Swanson and Massey.

Eleven were killed in action or died from their wounds.

"It provides somewhere to focus our remembrance and it's a good time to start traditions like this," he says.

Plans to have the crosses displayed in November on Remembrance Day are also in the works.

Money collected from the crosses goes towards the RSA's Welfare Fund to help with the care of veterans.

Thirty crosses have been sponsored so far.

Phone Swanson Memorial RSA on 833 9013 to sponsor a cross on the Field of Remembrance.

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