The organising committee comprises staff from Palmerston North City Council and NZ Defence Force, Palmerston North RSA representatives, Rangitāne iwi, and community groups including PN Brass Band, PN Pipe Band, Unity Singers, Queen Elizabeth College, and Sea Cadets.
The day will begin with the Dawn Service. Participants including RSA members, veterans and serving (uniformed) personnel will form up outside All Saints’ Church at 5.30am before marching to the Cenotaph in the Square.
Col Matthew Weston from the New Zealand Army will deliver the main address. He will be followed by Juliet Fakahau, a student at Palmerston North Girls’ High School.
After the Dawn Service, the Cosmopolitan Club in Linton Street will open at 6.30am for the traditional rum and coffee ‘til 7am. A special $5 dawn breakfast will also be on offer till 8am (veterans are no cost).
At 9am, the Civic Commemoration Service is held, also at the Cenotaph. GPCAPT Shaun Sexton of the New Zealand Air Force will deliver the main address and will be followed by a speech from Grace Fakahau, also a Palmerston North Girls’ High School student. Those wanting to march in the parade for this service should gather outside All Saints’ Church at 8.30am.
Near the conclusion of the Civic Commemoration Service, a 1944 Supermarine Spitfire, a 1945 Grumman Avenger and two Beechcraft T6 Texans will fly over the Square at 10am.
Morning tea for the community is being served after the Civic Service at 10am at the Conference and Function Centre on Main Street, where Mayor Grant Smith will deliver a short address. The Cosmopolitan Club will also be open for those wanting to attend activities for the remainder of the day.
At both services there will be tiered seating available, two large screens will relay live footage and display words for songs. There will also be a sign language interpreter in attendance.
Service sheets will be distributed prior to each service. These can also be printed at home directly from the Palmerston North City Council website at pncc.govt.nz/anzac or accessed on mobile devices on the day.
Other services being held in or around the city are:
- Ashhurst Dawn Service at 6am and Civic Service at 12pm, both at the Village Green
- Bunnythorpe Community Service, 9.30am at the Cenotaph
- Linton Military Camp Dawn Service, 6am
- Maori Battalion Hall: Cuba Street, 10.30am