A region remembers

05:57, Apr 25 2012
Anzac Invercargill
Mason Aitken, 8, places flowers on the name of his grandmother's first husband at the Invercargill Anzac Day dawn service.
Anzac Invercargill
Oho Ake, from South Otago, perform at the Invercargill dawn service.
Anzac Invercargill
Staff Sergeant Evan Windleborn of the 4th Otago-Southland Batallion salutes at the dawn service.
Anzac Invercargill
Corporal Olsen from the Invercargill Cadet Unit.
Anzac Invercargill
Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt at the dawn parade.
Anzac Invercargill
The NZ Air Force did a flyover during the Invercargill dawn service.
Anzac Invercargill
The firing party at the dawn service.
Anzac Invercargill
Chris Herman plays the Last Post.
Anzac Invercargill
LEFT: Joshua Frey-McLean from the Number 12 Squadron Air Training Corp. RIGHT: Corporal Olsen from the Invercargill Cadet Unit.
Anzac Invercargill
Joshua Frey-McLean from the Number 12 Squadron Air Training Corp.
Anzac Invercargill
The Invercargill dawn service.
Anzac Day 2011 in Invercargill
SOLEMN STANCE: Corporal Olsen from the Invercargill Cadet Unit stands at the cenotaph at the Invercargill Anzac Day dawn service yesterday.

Southerners have turned out in their thousands to commemorate the fallen at Anzac Day services throughout the region.

Dawn services held in Invercargill, Gore and Winton were extremely well-attended, with calm weather apparently helping numbers.

In Invercargill several thousand people gathered at the cenotaph for the dawn service, which was punctuated by cannon fire and planes flying in formation overhead.

Anzac Bluff
The parade approaches the cenotaph during Anzac Day 2012 commemorations in Bluff.
Anzac Bluff
The Bluff sea scouts.
Anzac Bluff
The firing party at Bluff.
Anzac Bluff
Anzac Day at Bluff.
Anzac Bluff
Anzac Day at Bluff.
Anzac Bluff
Nathaniel Sutherland, 6, lays a poppy on the Bluff cenotaph.
Anzac Bluff
Ayana Lowe-McPherson (left), aged 8, and her sister Darnae, 5, wear their great-grandfather's medals on Anzac Day in Bluff.
Anzac Bluff
From left, Spencer Morrison, Jake Ryan, 9, and Fred Ryan on Anzac Day 2012 in Bluff.
Anzac Bluff
Bluff RSA president George Mullinder.
Anzac Bluff
War veteran Graham Burton on Anzac Day 2012 in Bluff.
Anzac Bluff
The parade approaches the cenotaph during Anzac Day 2012 commemorations in Bluff.

Veterans, armed service personnel, members of the emergency services and community representatives were all in attendance, while there was also a strong turnout from young families.

More than 100 packed into the Ohai-Nightcaps RSA clubrooms for a "moving and emotional'' service, while Mossburn had what was described by the town's RSA president as its best commemorations ever, attended by about 130 including the town's sole surviving World War II veteran.

The Anzac service in Gore drew the largest crowd ever, with hundreds gathering for the event. Those who lingered on the street before entering the RSA hall were rewarded with a flyover by the New Zealand Air Force.

Advertisement

Anzac Woodlands
The 2012 Anzac Day service in Woodlands.
Anzac Woodlands
The 2012 Anzac Day service in Woodlands.
Anzac Woodlands
The 2012 Anzac Day service in Woodlands.
Anzac Woodlands
The 2012 Anzac Day service in Woodlands.
Anzac Woodlands
The 2012 Anzac Day service in Woodlands.
Anzac Woodlands
The 2012 Anzac Day service in Woodlands.

Stewart Island residents turned out in droves for the island's dawn service, a stunning red sunrise adding to the occasion, while in Bluff, several hundred people gathered for the traditional walk from the RSA clubrooms to the cenotaph.

In Waikaka, deputy prime minister Bill English spoke to the 350 people at the service, with more than 30 wreaths laid in memory of the fallen.

In Arrowtown, hundreds gathered to remember and lay wreaths, while in Alexandra about 500 people paraded the length of Tarbet St before heading to a wreath laying ceremony at the war memorial, where an elderly man fainted.

Anzac Invercargill
The Anzac Day dawn service in Winton.
Anzac Invercargill
The Anzac Day dawn service in Winton.
Anzac Invercargill
Wreaths at the gates of the Winton war memorial.
Anzac Winton
Winton Fire Brigade members Austin Leith and James Watson lay wreaths at the Anzac Day dawn service in Winton.
Anzac Winton
LEFT: Piper Ann Robbie enjoys a joke with 90-year-old war veteran Ray Hawkins and his wife Adelaide. RIGHT: Winton RSA president Allan Batt leads the service.
Anzac Winton
Winton Primary School pupils ready to sing the hymn Amazing Grace.
Anzac Winton
War Veterans at the Anzac Day dawn service in Winton.
Anzac Winton
The crowd at the Winton service.
Anzac Winton
Winton Fire Brigade on parade.
Anzac Winton
Murray Dempster ducks for cover as he fires the 105 Howitzer gun at the opening of the Winton service.
Anzac Winton
Piper Ann Robbie has played at the Anzac Day dawn parade for the past 35 years.
Anzac Winton
Jacalyn Reid inspects the wreaths at the Winton war memorial gates after the service.
Anzac Winton
Gunner Murray Dempster shows 9-year-old Justin Hindle the 105 Howitzer gun that was fired to open the service.
Anzac Winton
The firing party.
Anzac Winton
War veteran Len Garred (left) with Central Southland College pupils George Spedding and Gemma Bell.

In Queenstown, RSA president Dave Geddes told the large crowd the sacrifices made by servicemen and women were huge.

"To our friends from Australia, together this is our day, a day we share with pride and respect,'' he said.

Anzac Invercargill
The Anzac Day dawn service begins in Gore.
Anzac Gore
LEFT: The Anzac Day dawn service begins in Gore. RIGHT: Brian Mahon (left) and Jarred Scott have breakfast at the at Gore RSA after the Anzac Day service.
Anzac Gore
The Gore Anzac Day service.
Anzac Gore
The Gore Anzac Day service.
Anzac Gore
The Gore Anzac Day service.
Anzac Gore
The Gore Anzac Day service.
Anzac Gore
The Gore Anzac Day service.
Anzac Tuatapere
Tuatapere Volunteer Fire Service chief fire officer Chris Johnston, left, and Lieutenant Lea Johnstone at the Tuatapere Anzac Day service.
Anzac Tuatapere
Schoolchildren participating in the Tuatapere Anzac service, from left: Judith Tau, 10, McKenzie Bennett 4, Hannah Devery 10, Ashanti West 5, Ella Erskine 5, Keely Anderson-Kereti 5, Bailey Reader 5, and Peter Devery 5.
Anzac Tuatapere
Jay Egerton, 6, and Amyee Gutsell 6, carry a wreath for the Tuatapere Pippins.
Anzac Tuatapere
LEFT: Gray Wilson, of Eastern Bush, plays the Last Post as Rex Hibbs, Tuatapere, lowers the flag. RIGHT: Tuatapere resident Wayne Love watches the Anzac parade.
Anzac Tuatapere
Tuatapere schoolchildren each carry a cross to represent the 42 lives lost from the district during World War 1 and World War 2.
Anzac Tuatapere
The Tuatapere Anzac Day parade.
Anzac Arrowtown
Anzac Day in Arrowtown.
Anzac Arrowtown
Anzac Day in Arrowtown.
Anzac Arrowtown
Anzac Day in Arrowtown.
Anzac Arrowtown
Anzac Day in Arrowtown.
Anzac Arrowtown
Anzac Day in Arrowtown.
Anzac Arrowtown
Anzac Day in Arrowtown.
Anzac Queenstown
LEFT: Wakatipu high school head students Andrew Benington and Danielle Gibson at the Queenstown memorial gardens. RIGHT: The Queenstown parade gets under way.
Anzac Queenstown
LEFT: Queenstown Anzac Day bugler Trevor Tattersfield. RIGHT: The Queenstown and Southern Lakes Highland Pipe Band amrches along Camp St.
Anzac Queenstown
The Anzac Day parade in Queenstown. Wakatipu veteran and RSA member Les Brough is in the passenger seat of the pilot vehicle.
Anzac Queenstown
The Queenstown and Southern Lakes Highland Pipe Band marching along Shotover St on Anzac Day.
Anzac Te Anau
TOP: A group of Te Anau boys, led by Dayle Wairau (left) and Dean Crouchley, performs a kapa haka before the Te Anau Anzac parade. BOTTOM: War veterans Alf Exell and Lewis Nicholson place the Te Anau RSA wreath.
Anzac Te Anau
St Johns youngsters, Liam Norris 6, Maddy Green 5, Anya Green 6 engrossed with proceedings.
Anzac Te Anau
LEFT: The Te Anau Anzac parade, Led by members of the Waimatuku Pipe Band make their way to the towns Anzac service. RIGHT: Olivia Murphy 12, leads her sister Esther on donkey Dylan in the parade.
Anzac Te Anau
Anzac Day in Te Anau.
Anzac Te Anau
Anzac Day in Te Anau.
Anzac Te Anau
Anzac Day in Te Anau.
Anzac Te Anau
Anzac Day in Te Anau.
Anzac Stewart Island
The Anzac Day service on Stewart Island.
Anzac Cromwell
Cromwell College head boy Devon Mathieson, 17, left, head girl Laura Winstanley, 17, and principal Mason Stretch pay their respects at the Cromwell cenotaph.
Anzac Wyndham
The Anzac service at Wyndham.
Anzac Wyndham
The Anzac service at Wyndham.
Anzac Wyndham
The Anzac service at Wyndham.
Anzac Wyndham
The Anzac service at Wyndham.
Anzac THornbury
Max Durning (holding wreath), Thomas Black and Thomas Ronald on parade with the Thornbury and Riverton volunteer fire brigades at the Thornbury Anzac Day service.
Anzac THornbury
The Thornbury and Riverton volunteer fire brigades at the Thornbury Anzac Day service.
Anzac THornbury
Lindsay Black in her poppy skirt at the Thornbury Anzac Day parade.
Anzac THornbury
The Thornbury Anzac Day parade.
Anzac Limehills
Limehills year 8 pupil Matson Kyte plays Amazing Grace on his bagpipes while fellow pupils lay wreaths that they made at school at the Limehills war memorial.
Anzac Lumsden
Thomas and Henry Cowie with their great-great-grandfather's war medals at the dawn service at Lumsden.
Anzac Tapanui
LEFT: Bugler Chris Wills plays Reveille while the flag is raised in the memorial garden to end the Tapanui Anzac Day service. RIGHT: Wreaths laid beneath the flagpole in the memorial garden where 42 oak trees were planted to remember the 42 locals who died in both world wars.
Anzac Lumsden
Lumsden schoolchildren, Cassandra Rodgers-Foran, Sarah Humphries, and Hannah Sangster about to lay a wreath on behalf of the school at the Lumsden dawn service.
Anzac Wyndham
World War 2 Monte Cassino veteran Frank Bulling, aged 91, leads the Wyndham Volunteer Fire Brigade during the Wyndham Anzac Day parade. Mr Bulling returned to Cassino in 2004 along with other veterans and officials to attend the 60th Commemoration of the battle.
Anzac Orepuki
A section of the Waimatiku pipe band leads the volunteer fire brigade and locals to the memorial gates at Orepuki.
Anzac Orepuki
Members of the local volunteer fire brigade remembering the fallen in the shadow of the longwoods at Orepuki.
Anzac Orepuki
The Orepuki memorial gates.
Anzac Thornbury
The annual Anzac service at Thornbury.
Anzac Thornbury
The annual Anzac service at Thornbury.
Anzac Myross Bush
Anzac Day at Myross Bush.
Anzac Myross Bush
Anzac Day at Myross Bush.
Anzac Invercargill
Anzac Day dawn service in Invercargill.
Anzac Invercargill
Anzac Day dawn service in Invercargill.
Anzac Stewart Island
The Bluff Monument.
Anzac Stewart Island
The Scottish Pipe Band at the annual Anzac Day service in Bluff.
Anzac Stewart Island
Anzac Day at Dipton.
Anzac Stewart Island
Anzac Day at Dipton.
Anzac Stewart Island
The annual Anzac Day service at Dipton.
Anzac Stewart Island
Anzac Day at Invercargill.
Anzac Stewart Island
Anzac Day at Waimahaka.
Anzac Stewart Island
Neil and Gillian Fox laying a wreath on Anzac Day at Waimahaka.
Photo gallery: From our readers
War Veteran Wattie Thomas JP catches up with trumpeter Jack Ellis at the Rowena Jackson Anzac Day service
Photo gallery: From our readers
The Air Training Core escorting residents and visitors that attended the Anzac Day service at Rowena Jackson.
Photo gallery: From our readers
Anzac Day at Rowena Jackson, Invercargill.
Photo gallery: From our readers
Anzac Day at Rowena Jackson, Invercargill.
Photo gallery: From our readers
Anzac Day at Rowena Jackson, Invercargill
Photo gallery: From our readers
A moving moment as trumpeter Jack Ellis plays 'The Last Post' at the Anzac Day service at Rowena Jackson, Invercargill
Photo gallery: From our readers
Piper Bill Blackie playing lament during the laying of the wreaths at the Anzac Day service at Rowena Jackson, Invercargill
Anzac Invercargill
The Anzac Day dawn service begins in Gore.
Anzac Invercargill
The Anzac Day dawn service in Winton.
Anzac Invercargill
The Anzac Day dawn service in Winton.
Anzac Invercargill
Wreaths at the gates of the Winton war memorial.
Anzac Stewart Island
The Anzac Day service on Stewart Island.
Anzac Cromwell and Queenstown
LEFT: Cromwell and Districts RSA member and WW2 veteran Tom Landreth, from Cromwell, places a poppy on the grave of a Cromwell soldier at the Cromwell cemetery (Photo: EMMA MADDOX). RIGHT: The Anzac parade works its way through central Queenstown (Photo: JOHN EDENS).
Anzac Clyde
LEFT: Brigadier Dr Brian McMahon speaks at the Clyde Anzac service this morning. RIGHT: The Anzac service held in Clyde.
Anzac Millers Flat
Forbes Knight of Millers Flat doubled as parade marshal and guest speaker at the Millers Flat service.
Anzac Woodlands
The 2012 Anzac Day service in Woodlands.
Anzac Winton
Piper Ann Robbie has played at the Anzac Day dawn parade for the past 35 years.
Anzac Invercargill
The Last Post is played at the Invercargill service.
Anzac Bluff
The Bluff Anzac Day parade.
Anzac Omakau
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Eru Manuera MC, a former NZSAS officer decorated for bravery in Borneo, addresses the standing-room only crowd at the Omakau Hall.
Anzac Wanaka
Wreath-laying at the Wanaka Anzac Day service.
Anzac Orawia
Paying their respects at the Orawia Cenotaph are, from left, Shirley McLean, Steven Crack and Rod Harvey after the dawn service.
Anzac Mossburn
Northern Southland College pupils Ben Neumann (left), aged 17, and Darrion von Randow, 16, with guest speaker, John Douglas at Mossburn dawn service.
Anzac Mossburn
Guest speaker John Douglas discusses his father's war experiences in Italy with Northern Southland College pupils Ben Neumann, aged 17, and Darrion von Randow, 16, at the Mossburn Anzac Day service.
Anzac Cromwell
Cromwell and Districts RSA president Gordon Gates, left, Central Otago District Mayor Tony Lepper and Cromwell Community Board chairman Neil Gillespie prepare to lay wreaths at the Cromwell cenotaph.
Anzac Cromwell
Cromwell College head boy Devon Mathieson, 17, left, head girl Laura Winstanley, 17, and principal Mason Stretch pay their respects at the Cromwell cenotaph.
Anzac Gore
LEFT: The Anzac Day dawn service begins in Gore. RIGHT: Brian Mahon (left) and Jarred Scott have breakfast at the at Gore RSA after the Anzac Day service.
Anzac Gore
The Gore Anzac Day service.

The Southland Times