Readying for Armistice Day

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The 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 is not far away and planning is under way for commemoration services to be held on Armistice Day around the region.

The Clutha District RSA (Balclutha) secretary, Pauline Soper, said they are already planning to hold an event on the 11th of November, at 11am, and were talking to other organisations in Balclutha who wanted to be part of the commemoration.

The Milton Bruce RSA will also be hosting an event and will again be planting more than 280 white crosses its field of remembrance at the cenotaph in Milton the month before.

Milton Bruce RSA President Ian Carruthers said this year the final 39 crosses naming the last soldiers to fall in the final months of the war will be added to the 250 already displayed.

They have been put out in recent years to name all from the Milton-Bruce area who had died during WW1.

“There has always been a very good response from locals about the crosses we have put out since the Gallipoli centenary. No-one has ever touched them or moved them, even the young people seem to understand what they mean and respect them,” Mr Carruthers said.

Over the past four years, communities throughout New Zealand have recognised those who served and lost their lives in WW1 with their own cross-filled fields of remembrance.

Each town’s field carried a named cross for every soldier killed up to that point in WW1. Red poppies symbolising hope and regrowth were also placed by every cross.

In November, all 18,200 crosses will be placed in the Auckland Domain as a national memorial to the fallen of World War 1.