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Sat 25 Apr 2015, 10:00am

Where: Roseneath School, 13 Maida Vale Road, Roseneath, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

An Anzac service at the street memorial between St Barnabas Church and Roseneath School (Maida Vale Road) will be held at 10am on Saturday, April 25. Specially cleaned for this occasion by the Wellington City Council, the memorial is one of only two street memorials in suburban Wellington. It was unveiled on 10 November, 1917, and inscribed with the names of Roseneath School old boys who had died during World War I.

The tradition of an Anzac service here, led by Father Stephen King of St Barnabas Church, began five years ago and is now a much-loved local tradition. The national anthem is sung in Maori and English; floral tributes laid; a trumpet sounds the Last Post, and Reveille towards the end of the service.

There are 24 names on the Roll of Honour including names on a Memorial Boards in St Barnabas Church. When the Roll is read out, a current pupil at Roseneath School or an adult, takes the relevant name and places it at the foot of the memorial. It's a touching moment. The Commemoration is read by an Armed Forces personnel.

After the service, there will be refreshments in St Barnabas Church with a display of illustrated stories of some of the men who died, the war cemeteries where they rest, and archives about the Roseneath Memorial.

An Anzac Concert — song, instrumental music, poetry, story-telling — will then be held in the Long Hall which is situated below Roseneath School. Donations given during the morning will be sent to the Vanuatu relief fund.

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