Stratford ANZAC Day commemorations

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First marked in 1916, ANZAC Day ceremonies held up and down New Zealand, and overseas where New Zealanders gather, remain rich in tradition to pay tribute to and remember those who have served.

Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke says, “Stratford’s services for ANZAC Day are a time to commemorate, reflect, and show unity and pride in our district.”

“It’s a day we can come together to remember all New Zealanders who served and died in war, past and present.”

For anyone who wishes to show their respect on ANZAC Day, commemorations in Stratford include a dawn service, parade, civic service and wreath laying service.

The Hall of Remembrance will be open on ANZAC Day, between 6.00am and 3.00pm.

Wreath Making - 24 April 

In preparation for ANZAC day celebrations, a long held tradition of the Stratford community is bringing residents together on 24 April to create wreaths.

“I invite those who are keen and wanting to get involved, to come along and help make a wreath that will be placed in the Hall of Remembrance for display on ANZAC Day," said Mayor Volzke.

Everyone interested in making wreaths is invited to join Mayoress Debbie at the War Memorial Centre on Wednesday 24 April from 9.30am to 12.00pm. Children are welcome to give it a go, but those aged under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

Attendees are asked to bring their own secateurs if they have them, and greenery and flowers to add their own personal touch. Some flowers will be provided but donations of flowers would be most appreciated. Morning tea will be provided for participants.

Those who prefer to drop off pre-made wreaths can do so between 12.00pm and 1.00pm directly to the Hall of Remembrance on Wednesday 24 April.

ANZAC Day - 25 April

Dawn Service

The dawn service will be held at the Cross of Sacrifice outside the War Memorial Centre, Miranda Street at 6.00am. Returned Servicemen and women, Service members and members of the public should assemble beforehand and medals should be worn.

Parade

The parade commences at 10.30am. It will start from 2 Fenton Street, proceeding along Broadway to end at the War Memorial Centre for the start of the Civic Service. All wishing to take part should assemble on the corner of Miranda and Fenton Street at 10.15am.

Civic Service and Wreath Laying

Following the parade a Civic Service will be held at the War Memorial Centre, Miranda Street at 11.00am. The wreath laying ceremony will be held at the Cross of Sacrifice after the Civic Service, followed by a cup of tea. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Crosses will be placed on the war veterans’ graves in the Pioneer Cemetery and RSA sections of Kopuatama Cemetery. Additional crosses will be available at the gates of the cemetery on ANZAC Day for any families wanting to give recognition to veterans buried in other sections. Alternatively families can collect a cross from the Stratford District Council, Miranda Street, Stratford from Monday 15 April 2019.