Children among Armistice crowd

Cantabrians mark Armistice Day

Last updated 15:15 11/11/2012

PAYING RESPECTS: Ella and Patrick Duggan with their grandson James (9) look over the wreaths at the Armistice Day Service held today at the Henry Nicholas VC statue.

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Christchurch citizens young and old have marked Armistice Day, 94 years after the Great War ended.

A 250-strong crowd gathered by the statue of Victoria Cross winner Henry Nicholas on Cambridge Tce to mark the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War on November 11, 1918.

Proudly wearing his great-grandfather's World War Two medals, nine-year-old James Duggan was one of the youngest at the ceremony.

It was a family affair for James, who hails from a long line of military men and is considering a career in the Army.He attended with his grandparents Ella and Patrick Duggan, the Canterbury President of the Returned and Services Association.

Patrick Duggan served 25 years in the Army and fought in the Vietnam War between 1964 and 1972.

His two great-uncles were killed in WWI.

''One died at Gallipoli and one at Passchendaele ,'' he said.

He was pleased that more people were taking an interest in Armistice Day and ANZAC Day each year.

''There were about 250 people here today, that is up 100 on last year,'' he said.

Ella Duggan said it was great to see children involved in the ceremonies.

''I think it is really important children this age learn about the Second World War and World War One.''

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- The Press


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