Wendesday, April 22
REMEMBERING THE FALLEN: St Kevin’s College gathered beside the Magee Memorial Lawn to mark the laying of their Field of Remembrance yesterday.
The school was given 30 crosses to place in the ground which feature names of people in the region who went to war and never returned.
Other schools around the district are also using the crosses to remember soldiers from the region.
St Kevin’s principal Paul Olsen gave an insight into the field before the New Zealand flag was lowered and 30 senior students read each of the names acknowledged on the 30 crosses in the field.
The people named on the crosses all came from North Otago and included Staff Nurse Lorna Rattray, and Private Basil Mercer who was just 17 when he was killed. A minute’s silence then
took place before head boy Brady Kingan read the Ode, after which the flag was once again raised, accompanied by piper Natalie Preston.
The crosses will remain on the Magee Memorial Lawn for the next fortnight.