Waihi unlocks poppies and crosses for ANZAC Day
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Posted April 23, 2020
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Poppies and crosses are popping up around our district as people get ready to commemorate an ANZAC Day like no other.
Waihi man Pete Beveridge has set up a memorial display on his property bordering the railway line heading north out of Waihi, the same line soldiers travelled on when they left home to fight in WW1 over 100 years ago.
Pete has put a flagpole, flying a tunneller’s flag, and decorated part of his land with crosses and poppies near his boundary with State Highway 2.
With ANZAC services cancelled this year Pete and his family have placed their tribute to connect with the past, honour and acknowledge those who left Waihi along with ANZACs and service people.
Motorists leaving or entering Waihi on State Highway 2 will see the crosses and poppies on the Beveridge family’s section by the Railway Bridge.
The Waihi RSA has put a cross of crosses on the lawn outside their building on Seddon Street. They have also started a givealittle page to make up for the loss of funds usually raised on Poppy Day.
Funds raised from the Poppy Appeal are usually held in trust to be used to help improve the quality of life of current and former servicemen and women and their families affected by their service.
This year with no poppies for sale givealittle pages have been started to allow people to donate in place of purchasing a poppy.
With many New Zealanders getting up early this Saturday to Stand At Dawn the New Zealand RSA and New Zealand Defence Force are encouraging people to decorate their letterboxes, houses, fences, wherever they can, to mark ANZAC DAY from the safety of their bubbles.