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Each year more than 100 people attend the Anzac service at Enliven’s Levin Home for War Veterans. This year the home is expecting an even bigger crowd.
Levin Home for War Veterans was opened in 1959 specifically for War Veterans. While today it supports people from all walks of life, the unique home is proud of its beginnings and Anzac Day is special for the home’s residents.
This year, as the world marks the 100th anniversary of Anzac troops landing at Gallipoli, Levin Home has planned a special commemoration and is inviting residents, their friends and families, and the local community to attend their Anzac Day service.
Seating will begin at 8.30am under the flag pole on the grounds outside the home, with the Veteran’s Parade starting at 8.50am.
Levin Home for War Veterans manager Joanna Thomson says it’s extremely humbling to honour the war veterans who have made Levin Home their home.
She says this year the home is honouring the World War One soldiers who lived at the home with a field of remembrance, which has recently been erected outside the home.
“For the 100 year commemorations our field of remembrance honours 300 soldiers who lived at our home and we will add the remaining crosses next year, with the number of World War One soldiers being well over 600,” Joanna explains.
Invited guests who attend the Anzac service at Levin Home also have the chance to view the photographs that were taken as part of a portrait project of all remaining World War Two veterans in New Zealand, organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography and the RSA.
“We have 12 World War Two veterans from Levin Home involved in the project,” says Joanna.
“The portraits were presented to the veterans during our Veterans Arms club night last week. It was very special moment for them.”
All are welcome to attend Levin Home’s Anzac Day service, which will be held at the front of the home, located at the corner of Prouse and Matai Streets in Levin, on Saturday 25 April from 8.30am.