Although showers were predicted in Raglan for ANZAC Day 25th April 2022, they stayed away and the sun shone out. There was a good turnout of Raglanites on Bow Street for 2022 for the parade and service which was run under Orange Covid settings. There was a good contingent of returned and services people for the parade which was followed by the 11am ANZAC Day. Representatives of the armed services took part in the parade and the service.
The Parade formed in Wainui Road marching along Wainui Rd then round into Bow St. It was led by the Raglan Highland Pipe Band. A Red Cross donkey followed by the veterans, the Army, Navy and Air force followed by the local services, community groups and schools.
Saen O’Brien Raglan RSA President, opened the service. He welcomed Ward Councillor Lisa Thomson, RCB Member Gabrielle Parson, Raglan Museum President Ken Soanes, Raglan Club President Debbie Dalbeth and RCAC Chair Rodger Gallagher. Kaumatua Sean Ellison and Anglican Minister Kathleen Gavin then took the service. The Head Girl and Head Boy from Raglan Area School gave a talk on what ANZAC Day meant to them. The wreath laying came next with Saen O’Brien calling each group in turn as many local groups and individuals laid memorials.
Alf Kennedy then took the Last Post. The tradition of singing both Advance Australia Fair and God Defend New Zealand in Maori and then English was continued. And finally the Parade marched off to the Raglan Club for refreshments.
Photos and Video of Raglan ANZAC DAY 2022 by Richard Gallagher