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Garden of Memories. PHOTO: ALLIED PRESS FILES

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month takes place tomorrow.

The official end to World War 1 occurred at that time in 1918, when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice in France.

The occasion is being commemorated in Oamaru at the Garden of Memories, on the corner of Itchen and Severn Sts, in a public service organised by the Waitaki District RSA Welfare Trust.

It invites the whole community, asking that everyone be assembled by 10.15am so proceedings can begin at 10.25am.

Trust secretary Debbie Sinclair has compiled the programme for the first time, working with the Waitaki District Council and returned service people.

Seating will be provided for the elderly, whom Mrs Sinclair hopes will attend in large numbers.

The service is expected to last about 30 minutes. It opens with a St Kevin’s College pupil playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes.

Neil Johnston will sing the national anthem and the hymn Abide With Me

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher, and trust members will speak and a longstanding RSA member will read the ode.

Wreaths will be laid and Father Wayne Healey will lead a prayer.

Neville Cowles, who has played the cornet at Anzac Day services for more than 50 years, will play The Last Postand Reveille