New Zealand’s oldest man Mr Ron Hermanns attended the commemorations

Oldest man attends service

by Mike Isle

New Zealand’s oldest man Mr Ron Hermanns attended the commemorations.

More than 1,200 people attended this year’s Anzac commemorations in the atrium of the Airforce Museum in Wigram. Among them was a very special invited guest.

Second world war veteran and, at 107 years old, New Zealand’s oldest man, Ron Hermanns was given a place of honour at the moving service.

Mr Hermanns who still lives in his own home in Christchurch served in the Pacific as an aircraft mechanic. After the second world war, he worked in the same capacity for the then National Airways Corporation in Christchurch.

The service was officiated by RNZAF Chaplain Ken Diekema, with the Christchurch City Corps Band of the Salvation Army providing the musical accompaniment.

The museum’s acting director, Wing Commander Brett Marshall, made the opening address, and the service closed with wreath-laying by representatives of the three military services, RSA (Christchurch) and the RNZAF Association.