Armistice Centenary at Helensville

The Kaipara Memorial RSA will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War One on Sunday the 11th of November at 1100 hours. The club will hold a parade that will form up at 1045 hours between Countdown and the RSA and march to the Helensville War Memorial Hall Cenotaph, where at 1100 hours on the 11th day of the 11th month, exactly 100 years ago, a commemoration service will be held, including laying of wreaths and, as proclaimed by King George V, two minutes silence will be observed in memory of the 16,700 New Zealanders who died for their country in World War One, including the 35 soldiers from our district and who are remembered on the Cenotaphs at Parakai, Helensville and Kaukapakapa. (There are several names missing for some unknown reason).
The KMRSA holds dossiers on most of the men who are remembered on these Cenotaphs, with details of their name, number, rank, medals awarded, theatre of war, service records and home addresses prior to enlisting. Any relatives or people interested in viewing these dossiers should visit the KMRSA museum during opening hours at 49 Commercial Road, Helensville.
Families are encouraged to wear their relatives medals on their right chest and join the parade, Poppies will be available at the RSA. Medals should be worn by Service and ex-service personnel.
The club will be open for lunch and refreshments after the ceremony, the museum will be open and a video “ANZAC War Horses” will be playing.
Any queries regarding the parade, ceremony and wreath laying, call the RSA 420 8888 or email or text Rex Keane 027 293 2768.

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