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Remembering the fallen .. Waitaki Boys' High School pupils, staff and guests gather outside the Hall of Memories after the school's Anzac memorial service on Tuesday. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

Waitaki Boys’ honours long tradition

Commemorating Anzac Day is possibly the most significant event held at Waitaki Boys’ High School each year, a long tradition that has not been lost to time.

The school held its Anzac memorial service at the Hall of Memories on Tuesday, to remember the 119 old boys were killed in World War 1 and the 137 killed in World War 2.

Addressing pupils, staff and guests at the service, rector Darryl Paterson, a former pupil who is in his first year as rector, spoke of one of his relatives who fought in World War 2.

He said his first Anzac service as rector would live long in his memory.

“It was actually very emotional for me.

“My address was actually about my grandfather, who I never actually met, about what he did in World War 2. Remembering him really is what Anzac Day is all about for me.”

Mr Paterson believed the school’s Anzac service was as relevant today as it had ever been, and was proud of the way his pupils conducted themselves.

“It was awesome to see the boys and the quality of our young men in their presentation. It was quite humbling, really.

“When you hear the list of the names read out of the hundreds of fallen in both wars .. it’s pretty mind-blowing, the sheer volume of young men who went overseas and served and died for their country.

“It does bring home how many boys went away and never came back.”

As well as the roll call of the school’s fallen, there were several readings from pupils and staff, while pupils Sam Roberts and Zach Watts placed memorial wreaths.

After Last Post and Reveille, those who attended the service were piped out of the hall and gathered around the lawn in front of it.

The combined high schools firing party let off three volleys, before poppies were laid around the 30-plus white crosses that stood on the lawn, each with the name of a fallen old boy.