“With the history of World War One being included in the education curriculum for the period 2014-18, we expect unprecedented community interest in centenary ANZAC Day commemorations”.
A number of changes are being introduced to address issues that were raised by the public after previous years’ services, and to increase community involvement on the day. These include changes to the Order of Services, speeches by students of Palmerston North Boys and Girls High Schools, a haka by Palmerston North Boys High School, and a public morning tea hosted by the Mayor at the Convention Centre.
Organisations wishing to lay wreaths at either of the Services can contact RSA Welfare Officer and Wreath Laying Coordinator Mike O’Connor. “It’s very helpful for organisations to contact us well before the services to help us plan the order of wreath-laying on the day”, says Mike. “People can phone me on 06 358 9983, or email me at email@example.com”.
Dawn Services around the country are organised by the Returned and Services Association (RSA) for their members. Representatives of the former Palmerston North RSA have asked the Council to coordinate the Dawn Service on their behalf. “The Council has agreed to do this and honour the tradition of the Dawn Service for those who have either retired from active military service or who are currently serving”, says Janet.
Palmerston North is among a handful of centres that offer a Civic Service in addition to a Dawn Service. “The Civic Service provides a unique opportunity for the family members of retired service people to participate in the parade” says Janet. “It does present some interesting logistical challenges for us. The size of the parade and limited space are the main issues. Also, we are asking people to be patient, as some people who wish to participate in the parade have physical challenges to overcome in order to do so”.
Services will be held on 25 April 2015 with the Dawn Service commencing at 6am and the Civic Service commencing at 9.15am.
The day’s proceedings will include:
- A Dawn Service, including a parade for Returned and Service people
- A Civic Service, including a parade for Returned and Service people, and family members
- A full day for remembrance and fellowship for Returned and Service people and their families at the Cosmopolitan Club, commencing with a breakfast (cost $5.00) after the Dawn Service
- A Mayoral morning tea, open to the public, to be held at the Convention Centre at the conclusion of the Civic Service
- The opening of the ‘Farewell Zealandia’ exhibition at Te Manawa in the afternoon of ANZAC Day, about forgotten Kiwi songs of World War One