Banners fly in tribute to fallen

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Commemorative banners have been put up in Oamaru and surrounding areas to mark the upcoming ceremony remembering the declaration of World War I.

The banners were put up on Monday by Network Waitaki on behalf of the RSA and the Waitaki District Council who are jointly organising next Tuesday’s ceremony. The ceremony is being held at the war memorial on lower Thames Street, Oamaru, at 11am.

Mayor, Gary Kircher, said an Oamaru resident saw the banners on a trip out of the district and thought they would be a good idea for North Otago. Fourteen banners were purchased from the mayoral discretionary fund and will be raised when there is a significant historic event connected to New Zealand’s military history, such as like Anzac Day.

Mr Kircher said the ceremony on Tuesday, which will be taken by Father Wayne Healy and includes several guest speakers, is a chance for people to honour those who went off to fight for King and Country on behalf of those left at home.

New Zealand soldiers headed to war after then prime minister, William Massey, declared the country’s involvement on August 5, 1914.

President of the North Otago RSA, Ian McKay, said that returned serviceman should wear their medals on Tuesday.

By LINDA MCCARTHY

PHOTO: LINDA MCCARTHY – Pictured are North Otago RSA president, Ian McKay (left), and Waitaki District mayor, Gary Kircher, holding one of the banners that are now flying in Oamaru.