Last ANZAC Day, an estimated 15,000 of us gathered, overlooking our beach at the Mount cenotaph in solemn reflection, proving the age-old statement true – we will remember them.

To take the pressure off the Mount cenotaph, I was proud to be involved with the Mount RSA in constructing another cenotaph at Papamoa. That memorial was built and paid for in time for last year’s 100th Armistice Day by the generosity of local businesses and individuals.

Next, we approached Farmer Autovillage hoping for a donation toward a flag behind the memorial. We were floored when Mike Farmer generously offered to pay for the entire flagstaff and coordinate other businesses to get the job done. My thanks to Farmer Autovillage, Livingston Building, Morgan Steel, Supacrete, Aurecon, Redco consultants, Thorpe Reinforcing and Buddy Mikaere for getting the flagstaff up in time for Anzac Day.

From now on, the dawn service and mid-morning services will alternate between the Mount and Papamoa each year. This year, the dawn service is at the Mount cenotaph at 5:45am and the mid-morning one is at 10:45am at the Papamoa cenotaph where the inscription reads: “Today, pause to contemplate and remember those who made the supreme sacrifice that we may live in peace. Many returned broken and wounded but were loved and cherished by their families. Let us never forget who they were and what they did. Their deeds and memories live on in all of us.”

Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris