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2018 ANZAC Commemoration

2018 ANZAC Commemoration

The 2018 ANZAC commemoration in Piopio was again a huge success thanks to great support from the wider community.

As always the head students from Piopio College, this year Ryan and Te Miringa, had great presentations as did guest speaker, Johan van Deventer, our Piopio College Principal. Johan, being from South Africa, spoke from his perspective of ANZAC especially mentioning the profound affect his father’s involvement in the allied forces had on both his father and family.

Piper Bob Dawson led the parade and played during the wreath laying ceremony, a huge task for a lone piper. We are so lucky to have Nathan Cocks, bugler, who played ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’. Nathan used to work in Piopio and has travelled from Kihikihi to play for a few years now. Special mention to MC Gavin Todd, Suzanne and Wendy for leading the singing and our parade commander Bill Wana, who also does a lot in the background along with Te Kuiti RSA representatives. Piopio fire brigade members looked stunning in full dress uniform, a long day for them after an early morning call out. Waitanguru Rural Women members did a lot of preparation work in coordinating the event and were ably supported on the day by the Piopio Lions.

It is the effort made by so many that has made ANZAC commemoration a significant day on the calendar for the wider Piopio Community. Thank you to all and most importantly everyone for turning out on one of our nicer days weather wise. Over 200 service sheets were handed out, an indication of the number of attendees.

“Not all wounds bleed, and that is the collateral damage of war” Johan van Deventer