This Anzac Day I will be attending dawn services at Roxburgh and Millers Flat and later the civic service at Alexandra.
I recall last year parading through Waimate with your district's veterans, service people and citizens after a service that also acknowledged our country's First World War commemorations would soon start.
I mention this as I remain very aware of the huge contribution made by the families and communities in and around Waimate. One hundred years ago our small country went to war. This Saturday, April 25 marks the Gallipoli landings.
What followed was a brutal six month campaign the history of which has been well canvassed.
Over those six months 2779 Kiwis died.
Later, in that 'War to end all Wars'; other brutal WW1 theatres would see another 14,000 New Zealanders give their lives for their country.
I'm proud our country continues to honour the sacrifices made by our young men and women during this and subsequent wars and confrontations.
And for those left behind, or who later were never able to meet with lost family members may you be comforted to some extent in the knowledge those standing with you are both thankful and supportive of you.
Lest we Forget.