Upper Hutt marks our Anzac Day
The recently-landscaped and illuminated Now Granddad statue will have pride of place at Upper Hutt's Anzac Day dawn parade on Easter Monday.
The statue was installed in time for last Anzac Day but only recently steps and permanent lighting have been installed.
Upper Hutt's parade will assemble in Queen St near Smiths City at 5.40am and march along Pine Ave, Main St and Wilson St to the city council buildings for a 6am start.
The officiating minister will be Father Ron Bennett from St Joseph's. Colonel Phil Collett from Joint Forces Headquarters at Trentham will be speaker.
A new feature will be a combined choir of local church members leading the singing.
Members of the public are invited to attend the parade. Afterwards breakfast will be served at the Upper Hutt Cossie Club. A charge of $5 per adult and $3 per child under 15 will be made to help pay for breakfast.
At 10am a ceremony will be held at Akatarawa Cemetery where King's Empire Veterans women will places sprays of an Anzac poppy and sprig of rosemary assembled with help from local students on almost 1000 graves of returned servicemen and women.
In Stokes Valley locals are invited to a small dawn service at the Returned and Services Association's Hawthorn Cres clubrooms. The low key 6.15am ceremony taken by a handful of members has been attended by members of the public in recent years years and visitors are welcome, says club president Alan Simpson.
The main ceremony at Stokes Valley starts at 11am when the parade leaves Scott Court to arrive at the RSA about 15 minutes later.
Members of uniformed groups and a representative of Taita College will take part.
Rev Heather McDonald from St Philip's Anglican Church will officiate. Guest speaker will be Colonel Simon Williams from Trentham.
Members of the public are invited to the ceremony and refreshments afterwards.
Poppy Day is this Thursday because of Good Friday. Collection boxes are already in many businesses and on Thursday collection points will include five Upper Hutt railway stations, the four supermarkets and several CBD sites.
This week the Upper Hutt RSA is hosting the annual interdominion darts tournament at the Upper Hutt Cossie Club. New Zealand RSA darts players will compete against about 80 players from RSL clubs in Victoria and New South Wales. The tournament begins today and finishes on Sunday. New Zealand hosts the tournament every three years.
Upper Hutt Leader