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ANZAC plaque of gratitude for Ettie A Rout to be unveiled today

Saturday 22 April 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Local, National

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ANZAC plaque of gratitude for Ettie A Rout to be unveiled today
The headstone of Ettie A Rout at the Avarua CICC church, a special plaque will be unveiled today. MELINA ETCHES/23042155

An appreciation plaque will be unveiled for a “Guardian Angel of the ANZAC’s” – Ettie A Rout – an Australian woman who died in Rarotonga on September 17, 1936 at the age of 59.

She is buried at the Avarua CICC church where the unveiling will take place this afternoon at 5pm.

Rout was a pioneer of sexual health campaign and the founder of New Zealand Volunteer Sisterhood during World War I.

The New Zealand Defence Forces acknowledge with gratitude her care and commitment to the men at war from 1915 to 1919.

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

On Tuesday, April 25, the Cook Islands Returned Services Association in collaboration with the Government of the Cook Islands will conduct the 108th ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Cenotaph at the Ministry of Justice in town. The Dawn Service will start at 5.20am.

All ex-Service (and serving) men and women, including visiting ex-Service personnel are invited to attend the ceremony.

The master of ceremony is Pira Wichman, blessing of the wreaths will be done by Pastor Paul Kauri, the Ode in Maori will be read by the Girl Guides and in English – the Pathfinders, the Last Post – John Hinton, “Dawning of the Day” – Piper Andrew Orange and “Flanders Fields” by Boy Scouts. The closing prayer will be conducted by Pastor Paul Kauri.

ANZAC Day is a time when many reflect on the many different meanings of war, while honouring those who have given their lives for their country. Everyone is invited to attend the dawn parade.