An “Area of Remembrance” was unveiled at a civic ceremony in our city during the week. The centrepiece is “Now Granddad”, a bronze memorial in the centre of the lawn outside the council building. The statue was sculptured by Chris Elliott and Ross Wilson and depicts a grandfather proudly wearing his medals while attending an Anzac parade, accompanied by his young granddaughter clutching an Anzac Day poppy. Four pebbles picked up from the shore at Gallipoli by a veteran’s son some years ago have been added to the statue.
The memorial honours the courage, commitment, comradeship and integrity, all values important to those in the defence force and the New Zealand public. Two rolls of remembrance acknowledge those who lost their lives in the service of the city and through war. Plaques remembering the theatres of war are attached to the wall in front of the statue.
Red poppies from the Returned Servicemen’s Association have been on sale over the last few days and are proudly worn by New Zealanders with all monies raised used for welfare services to RSA members.