Events to Commemorate Armistice Day This Sunday

Published: 09-Nov-2018

One of the most significant days in human history – Armistice Day – falls this Sunday 11 November and will be paid the respect it profoundly deserves at a number of events held by the local Returned Services Associations (RSA) in Rangiora, Kaiapoi and Oxford.

Armistice Day is commemorated every year, on the same day, to mark the end of the First World War (1914-1918). On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, guns famously fell silent with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allied Powers.

The events will run simultaneously across the District at 11am, with sirens sounding to mark two minutes of silence.

Each event has its own special elements.

At Kaiapoi’s event, which will be held at the Kaiapoi Cenotaph, Kaiapoi High School Principal Bruce Kearney, and Nuk Korako MP, will speak at a ceremony that will also include the re-dedication of The Doctor M Ramsay Memorial Sundial and the unveiling of a centennial plaque. Deputy Mayor Kevin Felstead will be in attendance.

In Rangiora, at the Rangiora Cenotaph, Mayor David Ayers and Waimakariri MP Matthew Doocey will speak, Bill Peck from the Salvation Army will give a tribute, and a mustang replica with two spit fires on each wing will fly over and form a cross.

Oxford will have an equally special commemoration, at its Oxford Cenotaph, with RSA President Alan Douglas speaking before a memorial plaque handover and laying of wreaths.