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TO-MORROW'S PLANS TOWN HALL GATHERINGS Official commemoration of the end of the war will follow the lines of arrangements previously announced. A brief service will be held at the apex of the Town Hall to-morrow and a thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday.

To-morrow's. service will be of about ten minutes' duration and will commence at 2.30 p.m. with the reading of the formal peace proclamation by the Mayor, Mr. Allum. A citizens' choir, .conducted Mr, Colin Muston, and accompanied by the Papakura Camp Band, will lead the singing of hymns and the National Anthem. A prayer vyill be offered by the Rev. W. R. Milne. The service will be broadcast.

The service on Sunday afternoon will resemble that held on the Sunday following VE day. An address will be given by the Mayor and several hymns will be sung by the citizens' choir. A thanksgiving prayer will be read by Mr. Milne.

The service will be preceded by a parade of returned servicemen and servicewomen organised by the Auckland branch of the Returned Services' Association. The parade will assemble at the bottom of Queen Street and will inarch tip to the Town Hall. Thanksgiving services will be held in many churches to-night, the arrangement being generally similar to. those after victory in Europe. To-morrow afternoon there will be community celebration in many districts, in which returned soldiers, ex-servicemen, uniformed members of women's war organisations, girl guides, boy scouts and others will be on parade. Some districts have planned carnivals, and there will be much dancing and singing., The Mayor, Mr. Allum' said this morning that the celebrations to-day and to-morrow marked the actual surrender by the Japanese and arrangements were being made to hold some form of peace festival at a later date. Probably a parade would be a feature of this festival.

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CIVIC SERVICES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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CIVIC SERVICES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 192, 15 August 1945

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