Dedication Service and unveiling of a memorial to commemorate those who had served in the Armed Forces was held at Whenua Tapu Cemetery on Armistice Day this year. There were about 150 personnel in pouring rain attended, with veterans from Porirua, Titahi Bay, Pukerua Bay, Johnsonville and Tawa RSA's along with representatives from the Armed Forces, National RSA, Ministers of the Crown, Members of Parliament, The Mayor and Councillors from Porirua City Council, members of the 28th Maori Bn.
The impressive Lifesize statue of a soldier was unveiled during the service. The black granite hand-carved statue was commissioned and donated to the community by Wheelers Guardian Funeral Home, Porirua at a cost in excess of $20,000 and stands as a memorial to the men and women of the Wellington area who lost their lives while serving in the armed services. The plinth is a deep green marble and features pictorial images of New Zealand's three armed services.
Sorry the photo has not turned out the best, the rain did not help.