Anzac Day this year is being linked to several activities in Cambridge and a return of the normal commemorative services after a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19.
Cambridge RSA president Colonel Tony Hill said while the pandemic had limited the way Anzac Day has been marked over the past two years, the RSA has still managed to acknowledge its veterans and those lost to war “with appreciation and respect”.
Monday’s Anzac Day services will commence with the muster at 5.45am at the Cambridge Town Hall for the Dawn Parade, set to start at 6am at the cenotaph. That will be followed by the 9am Civic Service of Remembrance in the hall itself. Groups attending that will march to the hall from Alpha St starting at 8.45am.
Several days beforehand, at 1pm on Friday April 21, Colonel Tony Hill and Brigadier Jon Broadley will visit the Cambridge Library’s Anzac Day display. All are welcome to join them, and children are being invited to make a poppy or create an artwork honouring the men and women of the Anzacs.
Meanwhile, the silent auction of a large painting of poppies done by local artist Carole Hughes, is ongoing until April 26. The painting has been donated for auction to raise funds for the Cambridge and Te Awamutu RSAs. The artwork, called ‘In Flanders Fields’ is on display at Cambridge Unichem Pharmacy in Victoria St.
Those keen to place a bid should do so before noon on April 26 by emailing [email protected], including their name, email address and phone number.