Anzac crowds growing every year

Last updated 12:00 23/04/2014

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A slew of Anzac Day commemorations remembering those who lost their lives to war, and those who came home, will take place in Palmerston North and beyond on Friday.

Anzac Day committee chairman and co-ordinator Harry Komene, who has organised Palmerston North's dawn and civic Anzac Day ceremonies, said he expected this year would see more people than ever gather to pay their respects.

Komene,  a Vietnam veteran, has been involved in organising the Anzac Day ceremonies, first as a parade marshall then as chairman of the organising committee, for the past seven years.

Over that time, the crowds had grown every year as increasing numbers of young people commemorated the occasion, he said.

This year commemorations will include a fly past by one of Ohakea Air Force Base's NH90 helicopters, and it will be Linton Military Camp Colonel Nick Gillard's first time giving an Anzac Day address as new commander of the camp.

Palmerston North's commemorations will last all day, starting at 5am when the Club Palmerston,  Palmerston North Cosmopolitan Club, doors open ahead of the veterans' march to the cenotaph in The Square shortly before 6am.

The club took over the role of the Palmerston North RSA's own clubrooms after it went into receivership in 2012.

The Cosmopolitan Club was first used as an alternative venue last year, and had been retained this year, Komene said, but may not be a permanent solution.

Komene said he expected about 60 veterans to take part in the dawn parade.


■ Palmerston North

The public is invited to attend the following services and the laying of wreaths at the Cenotaph in the Square, Palmerston North on Friday.

Dawn Service of Remembrance:  6am

RSA personnel and other associations assemble at 5.30am on Linton St in front of Club Palmerston. March off at 5.45am to the Cenotaph.

Civic parade and commemoration service:  9.15am

RSA personnel and other associations assemble at 8.45am on Linton St in front of Club Palmerston. March off at 9am to the Cenotaph.  After the service a morning tea is served at Club Palmerston.

■ Ashhurst

March assembles at 5.45am at the Ashhurst RSA for a 6am dawn parade at the Ashhurst Cenotaph. Services will be held at the Ashhurst and Pohangina cemeteries at 8.30am and 10am respectively. A civic service will be held at the Ashhurst Cenotaph at 12pm

■ Feilding

March assembles at 6.15am at Bowen St for a 6.30am service at the Feilding cenotaph in Manchester Square. A breakfast and refreshments will be available at the Rangitikei Club.

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■ Bunnythorpe

The Flag Orderly 2 Engineer Regiment Workshop, Royal New Zealand Army will commemorate at the Bunnythorpe cenotaph at 9.30am.

■ Halcombe

A service starts at 11am at the Halcombe War Memorial. Halcombe man Neil Managh will give an address. Following the service and prayers, there will be a lunch in Memorial Hall.

■ Rongotea

The parade assembles at the Rongotea RSA at 9.45am for a march to Douglas Square. At the end of the service, the parade will march back to the RSA.

■ Apiti

March to Apiti Hall at 10.15am for wreath laying and ceremonies. A service will be held at 10.30, followed by morning tea at 11.30m. At noon onwards, there is a pot luck community lunch and tea.

■ Rangiwahia

Assemble at 8.20am at the fire station for a march to the cenotaph.

■ Hunterville

Meet outside the RSA Hall at 5.45am to march to the Hunterville Cenotaph.

■ Marton

Service beginning 6am at the War Memorial Hall on Wellington Rd. Meet at the Civic Centre for the RSA march with a pipe band to the hall. The service is followed by coffee and morning tea.

■ Bulls

Meet at 5.45am outside the Bulls RSA for march and service at the Bulls Cenotaph. A flypast will occur at 6.15am.

■ Mangaweka

Meet outside the AOG Church on Broadway at 5.45am for march down Main St at 6am. Following the service, morning tea will be held back at the church

■ Taihape

March starts from the town hall at 5.45am to the cenotaph for a 6am service.

■ Sanson

Ceremony starting 9.15am at the cenotaph, Sanson School. Gather at Wellington Rd school entrance at 9am for march to cenotaph for ceremony. Morning tea at the Sanson Community Centre with a civil service.

■ Levin

Dawn ceremony - Meet at the Levin RSA 5.45 for march to cenotaph. Breakfast following the ceremony back at the RSA.

Civil ceremony - Meet outside Te Takere in Bath St at 10.15am. Attendees invited back to the Levin RSA following service.

Retreat Ceremony - 4.45pm at the Avenue Cemetary, and 5.15pm, Tiro Tiro Road Cemetery

■ Foxton

Dawn Service - Meet at the RSA on Easton St at 5.30 for march to cenotaph.

Civil Service - Meet in Clyde St at 9am for march to cenotaph

■ Manakau

Meet outside Manakau Hall to march to the Manakau War Memorial at 7.30am. Refreshments at Manakau Hotel to follow.

■ Waitarere Beach

Civic Ceremony starts 8.30am with breakfast at Waitarere Beach Bowling Club.

■ Moutoa

Service 9.30am at Moutoa Memorial Gates, Foxton-Shannon Road

■ Tokomaru

Service at 10am at the RSA and Country Club, Matipo Street

■ Shannon

Meet at 11.15am at the RSA for march and service at the cenotaph.

■ Dannevirke

Dawn service - Meet at Knox Church at 5.45am for march to the domain.

Civic Service - Meet at Knox Church at 8.30am for march to domain. In the event of the weather conditions preventing the parade, the Civic Service will be held at the Dannevirke Town Hall commencing at 9:00am.

■ Weber

A service at the Cenotaph starting 10.30am.

■ Pongaroa

Meet at Pongaroa Hotel at 11.30am for march to the cenotaph for service. A bus will depart from the Dannevirke Cenotaph at 10am to travel to Pongaroa. To use this service please phone 374 7006.

■ Wimbledon

A service at the Cenotaph in Wimbledon will commence at 9am.

■ Norsewood

Service at the Cenotaph in Upper Norsewood starting 10am. If the weather is unfavourable the service will be held at the church, followed by lunch. A bus will depart from the Dannevirke Cenotaph at 10am to travel to Norsewood. To use this service please phone 374 7006.

■ Ormondville

A service at the Church of the Epiphany will start at noon.

■ Makotuku

A service at the Cenotaph will start at 12.25pm outside the Makotuku Public Hall.

■ Whetukura

A service at the Whetukura Cenotaph will start at 12.50pm.

■ Eketahuna

A service will be held in the Eketahuna Community Centre starting 10am. Assemble at the Community Centre at 9:45am. A wreath laying ceremony will be held at the War Memorial following the service. 

■ Pahiatua

Marchers to meet at the Tararua Club by 5.35am to march to the cenotaph in the town square for a ceremony at 6am.

■ Hamua

A service at the Hamua Hall on SH2 will start at 9am. Morning tea will be served at the conclusion of the service.

■ Kaiparoro

A service will be held at the ANZAC Memorial Bridge on SH2 at 2pm. Parking at Miller Reserve, where there is a walkway to the bridge. An afternoon tea will be held following the service at Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre, $5 per person. 

■ Woodville

The dawn parade will be held in Fountaine Square at 6.30am. The RSA Service will start at 9am at the Servicemen's Cemetery.

The Civic Service will start at 10am at the Cenotaph in Fountaine Square. The Civic Service will be held in the Woodville Community Centre if the weather is unfavourable. Morning tea will be served at the Woodville Community Centre after the service. 

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