Statue unveiled to honour forces

22:00, Nov 19 2012
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UNVEILED: Stuart Wheeler and Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett reveal the Indian-made granite statue at Whenua Tapu on Armistice Day.

The weather wasn't the best but over 100 people turned out for the recent unveiling of a statue in Whenua Tapu cemetery, paying tribute to the armed forces.

Commissioned by Stuart Wheeler of Wheeler's Guardian Funeral Home, the $20,000 life- sized statue was revealed as the rain poured down on November 11, Armistice Day.

Mr Wheeler said it was fantastic to have local dignitaries, Crown ministers, current and retired members of the armed forces, along with dozens of members of the public present for the occasion.

"It was brilliant, we were expecting 150 people but even to get about 115 on a day like that was superb. It was especially good to have the old servicemen and members of the Maori Battalion there, very inspiring."

The service included the hymn of the 28th Battalion, prayers, a firing party, the national anthem and the Last Post. Entertainment was provided by Aotea College's barbershop chorus.

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