Armistice commemorations

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As the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 approaches, commemorations are planned across Central Otago.

The armistice which ended World War 1 was signed at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

There will be a memorial service in Wanaka at 11am on Sunday, November 11 at the Wanaka War Memorial in Chalmers St, and a string of love-heart pincushions representing one heart for every New Zealander who served in World War 1 will be displayed at Pembroke Park from dawn until dusk.

To one I love . . . A string of sweetheart heart pincushions created by Sue Bartlett, of Cardrona, along with local volunteers, will be displayed on Armistice Day in Wanaka. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

Cromwell will have a service of remembrance on Sunday, starting at 9am at the Cromwell Presbyterian Church.

A memorial will be unveiled at 7pm on Friday, November 9 at Richards Park in Alexandra.

Alexandra Rotary member Jim Carroll said the memorial featured the silhouette of a soldier in weathered steel by a large slab of schist rock.

Ten cherry trees, one to represent each decade since World War 1, would also be planted at Richards Park.

Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery will have screenings of For King & Country: New Zealand’s First World War on Film on November 9, 10 and 11. 70-minute film showed excerpts of films and still images from the collection of Nga Taonga Sound and Vision plus other archives from around the world.

The main activities for Central Otago would be on Sunday in Alexandra, beginning with a mounted rifles parade at 10.45am at Pioneer Park, tributes from local schools and a family picnic.