Monday morning, 25th April 2016, saw the 100th Anniversary of the first ever ANZAC Commemorative Service that was held in 1916.
Remembering those who died serving New Zealand during war and honouring returned servicemen and women, past and present. 25 April marks the day in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey, the site of New Zealand’s first major battle of World War One with the loss
of over 2,700 New Zealand soldiers.
In Methven, this year, as almost all those before, family and friends gathered at the Memorial Arch on McDonald Street to take part in the ANZAC Day Parade along with returned service personnel, representatives of local organisations, schools and clubs. Adults and children of all ages proudly wore their club and
school uniforms to march behind the piped band as it led the way to the Mt Mutt Memorial Hall, where the service was held.