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ASHBURTON'S TRIBUTE.

.With few exceptions, the business: pfteople in Aalibiirton ■ responded to Cabinet's request to close tiieir premises to-day and do fitting memory to those who had made the name Anzac famous throughout the world. Amongst, the . exceptions•''-■wore the banking institutions, which, on other occasions, usually dose when there is business to transact.. One local business man also raised the .ire of a section of retmni<-u: :-oidiers by bis employees v.orkiiig on thi> premises; "The soldiers rcjaor.HCvated with- the"-'"proprietor, "\\'nr. ; oyjjr.-fcuall^: .agreed to their reducst 'aWi 'n slowed His' femploye^s ix> participate in the holiday. A- ldcaL fii*m'of land agetits_; apparently were also under the impression that the Government had set aside tlie day specially to enable the said firm to sell jiouses. A tenant in Wills Street waa visited "this morning by no less, than two representatives of this firm at -intervals with prospective pur^ •chasers to view the premises. Apart from these anomalies, the local people set themselves out in a fitting'way. .to • .observe the "'Sanctity of.; the occasion.

Bunting.was flown-'from the Post, Office, and-County Councils, and; from ■ business premises, while a ■good' display of flags -*was also made opposite private residences.

A snecial commemoration service was held in St. Stephen's Anglican Church this morning, and was largely attended. The preacher was the Rev. H. Jones, ■of Tinwald. .

. In< hie address the pr< sir her commenced by picturing the New ZeAlandera as they set out after their training in Egypt and. sailed away for Gallipoli. -Ho .'then pictured the landing on the Peninsula on that glorious -morning of April 25. Tiv preacher then referred to the |-.;uriotic spirit which led these men from tli.- very jump to leave their homes ami country and ■those they loved and w> nni, to fight, suid the noble .example th<-y had set. It was only fitting, ho *:-.:•.!, on this, •the anniversary of tho landing, that 1 we should assemble- to honour n:ul hold in reverence tho memory of those who ]»adfallen. It was in' tb- memory of these men that we were brought face to face- with the fact that . tli^y and #we "belonged to a noble rnrv. vie particularly asked the children to take notice •of. the noble example sel. iV-m by the men who took part in th-e landing, so that they, too, , woxild prow up good citizens of the British Empire. He asked them, to always .spent the truth .and r.esist evil: It was fitting that the British .Government.had decided to lay on. the Turks -an injunction that 'the strio of" lnnd-where 'our -braye heroes save their live*.for their omntry should pass for ever into the safekeeping of the British Government. Tho land which enshrines the.noble dust of those who fell will be hallowed and.kept.by the nation for all. time.

Hymns appropriate to the occasion wore sung, and special prayers wore offered for the King and Empire, the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Peace Conference. A neat gilt-edged card bearing the following inscription was handed to the ■younger members of the congregation as they left the-church: —"In Honour of the Brave—Anzac Day—Young New Zealand's Resolve. —Because brave New Zealanders have suffered and died for mv freedom and safety, and because I feel jrraterul to them and to "those who ■rare still sacrificing and suffering so that I shall livo in peace and comfort, I will do mv best to show my gratitude by trying every day to be honest, kind, 'fair-minded, helpful, clean, and hardworking both at school and home. ■ I will learn because I want to grow up into a good citizen, wise enough to obey •the laws of God and of my country, and to help to remove ignorance, which iv •the cause of suffering. I want to bo fit to take the gift of freedom and ' carry on' in place of our honoured dead, so that they, who found their country worth dying for, shall not have died in vain." -■ , The special service at St. Andrew's •Presbyterian Church this morning, was ..well attended. Appropriate hymns were, •sung and the 11-ev. G. Miller preaghedL He said this was a day of thanksgiving'to God for His. help during the war. In His Providence, He had vouchsafed to us great leaders, both on land •and sea and in politics, and our men •under these able leaders, had exhibited 'bravery, heroism, and self-sacrifice, "bringing the war to that triumphant ■ conclusion for which we thanked the •Great Leader on this day.

Tlie weather "was ideal for the demon«t,nition this- .afternoon. |£arly in the day returned soldiers bot*an to ajrrive' from all parts of the County, .and' also 'a number of civilian visitors. After '.lunch' the streets began to fill with people,l and before the time for the procession to move off, East,_ Street and the route to the Domain bore an animated appearance.

The procession moved off shortly after ■2 n.m.. and came via way of Tancred Street to East Street, and Lhence to the Domain. The parade was the largest held on Anzac Day, tho parade .state beina: as follows:—Staff 3, Eighth (South Canterbury) Regimental Band •"28. Returned Soldiers 105, Mounted Eifles 28, Mounted Signal Troop 10, Veterans and Reserves 7, C Company "2nd (South Canterbury) Infantry Regiment 67. 14th Company Senior Cadets 60. 35th Company Senior Cadets 49, '36fch Company Senior Cadrts 42, Pipe Band 12, Boy Scouts 30, Borough and Hampstead Schools 245.

In the absence of Lieutenant-Colonel jE. B. Millton, Major E. H. Orr, "D.S.O*.. was in command.

Lieutenant-Colonel Millton sent the following message:—" Officer jOommandine Anzac Parade, —Pleaso convey to nil ranks and civilian pnrticipants in Anzac ceremonial my regret for enforced absence. My earnest wish is that the gathering may be worthy of this day of sad but glorious remembrance." ■"■ •

There was a very large attendance at the ceremony in the Domain, the stand-and vicinity being packed. The gathering included representatives of all the local bodies. The opening address

was delivered by the; Mayor. (Mr R. Galbraith), and appropriate- addresses were also delivered by the Revs. H. N- s - Wrieht and G. Miller. The Lord's Prayer was .recited by the.Reyv H. N. Wright. The hymns were: "O God, Our Help in Ages, Past, 1" "Onward, Christian Soldiers,-" and " Abide With Me." .. ;. ..; ■ ' ■ ; „', „;

After ,--.Mr .Wright had delivered his address., a .-■collection was taken up- in aid.. o£ the Returned Soldiers' Association. - The " Last, Ppsti " was sounded by Bugler 1). Moore, and the gathering concluded \vitlf the Berife:dietion.i ;-. ■'„.,. . . ■ •■ . i "•'.'..■"'';'.'"'"'

A detailed report ...of tjie .addresses will appear in to-morrow's fesuo.'-.'■'

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ASHBURTON'S TRIBUTE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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ASHBURTON'S TRIBUTE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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