Moving Whangarei’s War Memorial from the Rose Street ‘triangle’ to Laurie Hall Park was a labour of love that RSA Trust president Archie Dixon is justifiably proud of.
The memorial had been sited at the Rose St ‘triangle’ originally to commemorate the area where soldiers embarked on trains for the Great War.
However, shifting the memorial allowed a greater involvement on Anzac Day commemorations by the wider community. The war memorial precinct was consecrated on 28 March 2015. The Anzac Day celebrations the following month saw the park packed with veterans, families and a large contingent of school children honouring the fallen as well as those who had returned.
“It was a great chance for our young people to become more aware of the price people in the armed services paid for peace.”
Mr Dixon said it was obvious that shifting the war memorial to Laurie Hall Park was the right thing to do and he had nothing but praise for the Whangarei District Council making the move.
“Many people helped make it happen, but our mayor went out of her way to assist the RSA.
“I have asked how one person can make a difference to a community – and I look at Sheryl and see that she is making a real difference.”