On Tuesday, the Otautau RSA and members of the public gathered at the war memorial for the annual Armistice Day ceremony. Afterwards, they traveled to the Alex McKenzie Memorial Arboretum for a special unveiling.
In the big clearing where other personal memorial trees have been planted, the Arboretum Trust has planted a Cercidiphyllum japonicum. It's a hardwood from Asia that can grow up to 45m. It is there to commemorate the beginning of World War I.
|Draped with the Union Jack, the plaque was unveiled by Brian Drummond and Jim Gibson of the RSA.|
|The plaque reads: Cercidiphyllum japonicum, 2014. Planted to Commemorate the Commencement of World War I by the Alex McKenzie Arboretum Trust.|
Photos by Jan Lowrey.