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Porirua people pay their respects to the fallen on Anzac Day

May 10th, 2017 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Most Popular, News

RSA veterans march through Porirua’s Civic Centre.

Former policeman Aporo Joyce pays his respects in Porirua’s Civic Center.

A fine day in Porirua’s Civic Centre attracted hundreds paying their Anzac Day respects .

As he does every year, Aporo Joyce was one of the crowd commemorating the landing on the Gallipoli peninsula made by New Zealand and Australian soldiers in 1915.

“I think it has a very important position as a commemoration,” says the former policeman Aporo Joyce when asked about Anzac day’s significance for him.

“We recall, we reflect, we remember for those who suffered the ultimate sacrifice.”

Joyce served with the United Nations on the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean from 1964-65.

“The UN wanted the assistance of some civilian policemen. They came from New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and Austria.

“We served over there to preserve life and property, keep the peace as best we could and to try our best to normalise the issues that disturbed the nation”.

Joyce wears five medals each year on Anzac Day.

“The first one is the Queen’s Service medal, the second one is the Operations Service medal, the third is the United Nations medal in the cause of peace.

Aporo Joyce’s service medals on display.

“The fourth is my long service and good conduct from the police, and the fifth one is the New Zealand Defence medal from the New Zealand government.

Anzac Day is the most important commemoration of the year for navy veteran Robert McKillop

“It’s the primary one,” McKillop says.

“But I also always attend the service for the HMS Neptune which was the greatest loss of the life of naval personnel in the second World War.”

McKillop served in the New Zealand Navy from 1963-2002, and was stationed in Wellington and Dunedin.

Cadets Warrant Officer Austin Rangi (19) Rangi had a great grandfather who served in Gallipolli.

He said ANZAC Day united New Zealanders.

“It’s a moment where everyone can share a common value something for us to all reflect on and break down the boundaries we often see in New Zealand”.

Anzac Day in Porirua had seven services to commemorate the Gallipoli landing.

They were at Porirua Civic Centre, Pukerua Bay, Titahi Bay, Pauatahanui, Takapuwahia, Porirua RSA and Whitby.

The day started off with the dawn service marching from the Porirua RSA to the civic centre, followed by mid-morning services.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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