Sunday, 31 May 2020


ANZAC Day in Mercury Bay

ANZAC Day in Mercury Bay

Big crowds attended the two ANZAC Day services held in Mercury Bay last Friday, 25 April. In Whitianga World War Two and Vietnam War veterans (pictured - top photo) marched as part of the dawn parade from the Mercury Bay Club to the 6:00am dawn service at Soldiers Memorial Park. Many wreaths were laid and president of the Mercury Bay RSA, Bruce Collier, read a poem about the merchant navy, an often forgotten group of people who also courageously served their country.

At Matarangi’s 11:00am service, the guest speaker was Lt Col David Harvey (pictured - bottom photo), chief of staff of the New Zealand Defence Force. He spoke about the Battle of Gallipoli and how also among the new recruits of the New Zealand Armed Forces there’s not only a sense of adventure, but a sense of duty and a willingness to serve. Next year will see the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli, which lasted from 25 April 2015 to 9 January 1916.


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