No gatherings, but Anzacs still to be remembered

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

There will be no parades and no large gatherings of New Zealanders to pay their respects on Anzac Day this year.

But Covid-19 restrictions have not stopped some around the Clutha district from honouring the occasion as best they can.

Milton-Bruce RSA treasurer Donna Marie Williams said the sacrifice of Anzac soldiers was something “we must always remember” no matter the circumstances.

She and other members of the association will leave homemade wreaths and poppies at four different locations in and around Milton.

She said different bubbles would leave wreaths at Glenledi, Milburn, Fairfax cemeteries and the main cenotaph on Union St.

Then, at 11am on Saturday, members of the community can stand at the end of their driveways as a way to honour those who served.

She said it was heartening to see the community engagement with preparations for Anzac Day despite being in lockdown.

“There are people who have poppies that they will stick to their gates, and some kids have made really nice wreaths they are going to hang in their windows.”

One man who understands the importance of April 25 is Ex-Navy Milton-Bruce RSA member Paul Ashley.

“It’s definitely going to be missed this year,” Mr Ashley said.

“And this is going to be my last year . . . I’m heading up north after this one.”

The Milton resident served in the Royal New Zealand Navy for 14 years, and said he was “still very much bonded” to his navy career.

“You can take the man out of the navy, but you can’t take the navy out of the man.”