A small town in New Zealand surrounded by sheep pastures and dairy farms, Temuka sent an inordinate number of soldiers to the Western Front and Gallipoli during World War I. And it paid an unusually steep price for its patriotism. The Temuka War Memorial lists 114 names. “Their name Liveth for evermore,” the memorial reads. Alas, the war to end all wars did not. The memorial in Temuka, population 4,000, also includes the names of 43 local World War II soldiers. Last year the Temuka Lions Club decided to spotlight the memorial by adding floodlights. The club solicited grants and raised the balance of the US$7,400 needed through a garage sale and other sources. April 25 is Anzac (Australia, New Zealand Army Corps) Day, held to commemorate the lives of New Zealanders and Australians lost in wars. In Temuka, residents gathered at dawn at their memorial, bathed in lights for the first time. From now on the light of the rising sun won’t be the only means for the names of the honored dead to glisten and glow.
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