Friends of Linwood Cemetery are holding a special ANZAC Day commemoration of service personnel on Sunday 21 April from 11am to 12.30pm. This is the third year they have staged the ceremony.
Linwood Cemetery is a public cemetery which is not designated as a Services Cemetery, but there are over 310 services personnel commemorated in it. These heroic people have been largely forgotten in this once majestic greenspace and important heritage site which, in addition to years of neglect, suffered greatly in the February 2011 earthquake. In the past couple of years, members of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery have been photographing the graves of these personnel and have started to research each of their life stories. These can be found on the Roll of Honour on the Trust’s website.
The ANZAC Commemoration is now included in the Friends programme of regular events.
The commemoration programme runs as follows:
- 10.45am Placing of temporary memorial near cemetery entrance, Butterfield Avenue by Trustees
- 11am – Commemoration including the reading out of the Linwood Cemetery Roll of Honour
- Last Post played by Kevin McMorran of Canterbury Brass
- Piped Lament played by Josh Smith
- 12.15pm – Opportunity to place poppies on individual graves (the poppies are provided by the Returned Services Association)
Please bring a chair to sit on, wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring a blanket if cold. The event is free but donations to the Friends of Linwood Cemetery and New Zealand Returned Services Association would be appreciated.