To create a white cross with name/rank/serial number of every man and women from South Canterbury who died in the First World War.
As part of a national project being organised by the Fields of Remembrance Trust the Timaru WWOne Centenary Committee are producing 1,500 white crosses.
The crosses represent every man and woman from the region who died in the First World War.
The crosses will be on display in various sites throughout South Canterbury when they are completed and will be a major feature in Anzac Day commemorations in South Canterbury.
The Committee are preparing interpretative panels to be placed with the crosses at memorials throughout the South Canterbury District and a booklet will be produced with a 'Cross Trail' and other facts relating to South Canterbury's involvement in the war.
The national project will culminate in a two week memorial beginning on Armistice Day 2018 when every district in New Zealand will send their white crosses to Wellington to be displayed at the Cake Tin as a memorial of remembrance.
The Timaru WWOne Centenary Committee are a not for profit group consisting of representatives from the South Canterbury Museum, Timaru District Council, Geraldine, South Canterbury, Temuka and Waimate RSAs and various interested individuals.
We are currently fundraising to enable us to complete the white crosses. We are looking to raise $15,000. So far we have raised $2,500. If you think you might be able to assist with this project please contact Committee Chair Michelle Brown on [email protected].co.nz or call 03 688 4123.
What the Committee would ideally love is for people with a familial association (i.e. Dad or Grandad died in WWI) to sponsor a cross. On Anzac Day 2015 the crosses will form a major part of the commemorations and the family member could be further involved on the day if they would like to. Please contact Michelle to discuss how you could help with this project.