Region marks Anzac Day 2013

Last updated 10:47 26/04/2013

Stories from around the region as we mark Anzac Day 2013.

THE STORIES

Young keep Anzac
spirit alive

Thousands of Southlanders  braved what was in parts the worst Anzac Day weather in years to remember and honour the fallen.
Old and young pay
respects as one

As Anzac Day services came to a close, a 95-year-old veteran praised the youngest generation of Southlanders paying their respects.
 
Dad's memories relived
Diving at high speed toward the ground, World War II pilot Stan Smith looked to the pilot alongside him before a quick exchange about who was pulling out.
Chance to remember mates
With a steadying arm, J Force veteran Cyril Knight helped his mate and fellow J Force serviceman Reg Good lay a poppy in memory of the fallen.
 
Never again, I hope
Vera Wilkie has lived through two world wars, lost multiple family members in combat and raised a family on rations.
Kiwi colonel optimistic
Down a crackling line from Kabul, Lieutenant Colonel Donald Jones, a former Southlander, speaks to Southland Times reporter Neil Ratley about his experiences in Afghanistan.
 
Balclutha cenotaph
marks 90 years

The Balclutha Cenotaph turns 90 this Anzac Day and South Otago Museum curator Gary Ross knows it is a significant milestone.
Memories of Black Monday
Audio slideshow: Invercargill man and RSA member Andy Cook recalls Black Monday.
 
Soldier mixed battles
with playing in band

In a neat pencilled cursive script, in the trenches near Messines, Belgium, Private Arthur Robert Quedley makes a note in his diary.
Shadbolt's medals returned
in time for parade

Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt donned his father's service medals for the first time at the Invercargill dawn service.
The fortunate survivors
Nurse Minnie Jeffery was one of 36 New Zealand nurses aboard the SS Marquette when it sailed from Alexandria in October 1915.
Wartime memories
Elsie Vallily might not remember everything about her World War II service, but she still recalls her identification number: ''20176333, Sir!''
Battle for Crete big part
of Kiwi history

In the global conflict that was World War II, the 1941 battle for Crete was a significant scuffle . . . but one that deservedly lingers large in New Zealand's history.
Long-lost friends reunite
The atomic bomb drops on Hiroshima and Nagasaki undoubtedly led to the end of the Pacific War during World War II. td>
2013 services
Our live coverage of services from throughout the southern region.
RSA: The past
The past of southern RSAs is vastly different from the future they face.
RSA: The present
The RSA baton is being taken up by younger returned and service members.
RSA: The future
The RSA is three years shy of its 100th birthday. It has a long history, but does it have a future?

- The Southland Times

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