Rolleston Anzac commemoration
by Mike Isle
It was a time of memories, emotions, tributes and music for the 1,000 local residents, Defence Force personnel and dignitaries who attended this year’s Rolleston’s Anzac Day Service of Remembrance at the Rolleston War Memorial.
The hour-long service was organised by the Rolleston Residents Association.
Association chairperson Leonie MacLauchlan said the service was an opportunity for the community to come together and honour those who had served in the past and those who were currently serving.
She said that it was particularly relevant for Rolleston because of its proximity to Burnham Military Camp.
“We have so many soldiers as part of our community, some of whom serve overseas and as a community, it is over to all of us to support their families.”
She paid tribute to the current defence personnel for the major contribution they make to the remembrance service.
Selwyn District councillor Jeff Bland, who was master of ceremonies said one of the high points for him was the last post by three young members of Bill Dixon’s Rolleston Youth Band: Julie Gillespie, Zoe Fenton and Haylee Garvey.
“They were very courageous and got a great ovation,” he said.
RSA representative Alan Haylock commented on the conclusion of the Reveille how touched he was that so many young people attended the service. “It was wonderful having so many of them involved, and it was touching to have three young people playing the Last Post.”
Three other young women made their mark at the service. Rolleston College students Ella Jarvis, Kaylee Hill and Willow Mountford read the dissertation. Councillor Bland described their performance as “really mature and a polished end to a touching service.”