Episode 6 - An ANZAC Day Commemoration - Voices Behind the Uniforms
Last week we had the privilege of videoing all the content for the ANZAC Day commemoration videos featuring interviews with returned servicemen, footage of past RSA parades, Armistice services and our civic services. The Kerepehi Brass Band is always a favourite at the parades and we're pleased to be able to include them in footage from the Ngatea Parade in 2021. The videos are hosted by actor Mark Wright and includes a moving monologue from his upcoming show "Monologues from Gallipoli".
Hearing the stories from the returned servicemen and what ANZAC Day meant to them was profound, thought provoking and even funny, as they shared what the ANZAC spirit means to them. Two of the returned servicemen that feature in our video have made the front page (Ian Thompson, of Waihi RSA, Signaller with the Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals) and middle pages (Danny Te Iri, of Paeroa RSA, Lance Corporal with the New Zealand Regiment to Malaya) of the Valley Profile’s ANZAC Day edition.
Voices Behind the Uniforms
Their stories are moving, funny and heartfelt. We were humbled to capture them and hope we've done them justice.
We received fantastic support from the local RSAs, Paeroa College and the owner of the Rob Roy Hotel, who gave us a guided tour to help tell actor Mark Wright’s story and his connection to Waihi. We will release one video per day leading up ANZAC Day on our YouTube and Facebook channels. (Like our page to make sure you don't miss out on the full series).
Our series of videos is called Voices Behind the Uniforms. The first four episodes are short, about 2-4 minutes long and set the scene for the main video. Episode 5 is the full session that we arranged for Mark to MC with the Paeroa College students at the Paeroa RSA. It’s an emotional Gallipoli history lesson in itself. Mark has an encyclopedia level knowledge of the Gallipoli campaign.
Order of videos
Wednesday 20 April: Episode 1: Mark Wright’s connection to the Rob Roy Hotel, Waihi (going live on YouTube and our Facebook page this afternoon).
Mark’s great grandfather, John Kelly, was the proprietor of the hotel during the First World War and his two great uncles left from the Rob Roy Hotel to serve at Gallipoli. Both men died a few years after the First World War from their injuries.
Thursday 21 April: Episode 2: We get a sneak peek through the historic Rob Roy Hotel and hear about Mark’s experience filming a documentary at Gallipoli that aired on TVNZ. His insights are very moving and profound.
Friday 22 April: Episode 3: Mayor Toby Adams shares his experience of attending the 100 year commemoration of Armistice Day at Arras, France, highlighting the Tunneller’s Memorial in Gilmour Reserve.
Saturday 23 April: Episode 4: Highlights of last year's Ngatea parade and service leads the Mayor and Mark to reflect on what ANZAC Day commemorations mean for young people in a modern context, based on what is currently happening in Ukraine.
Sunday 24 April: Episode 5: Paeroa College students attend a thought provoking history lesson with Mark at the Paeroa RSA and have the opportunity to hear from three returned servicemen about what ANZAC Day means to them.
Monday 25 April: ANZAC Day – Twenty minute video “Voices behind the Uniforms” featuring presenter, Mark Wright, footage from his play “Monologues from Gallipoli”; footage from previous services and parades and highlights from the stories from returned servicemen from Waihi and Paeroa RSA. They are funny and sad all at the same time. A very real and touching experience.