MONDAY marked the 100th celebration of Armistice Day worldwide, and Opotiki was not left out of the commemoration.

Crosses and poppies sat before the Elliott Street cenotaph in memory of Opotiki people who fell in the wars, on and leading up to Armistice Day.

The day commemorates when the guns fell silent in 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

With the day first commemorated the following year, 2019 marks 100 years since the first commemoration.

Dedicated historian Sonia Edwards said a small group of returned servicemen and members of the public gathered at the cenotaph at 11am for the commemoration.

“Other members of the public were at the cemetery placing flowers in remembrance of family servicemen,” she said.

“This commemoration day is recognised throughout the world in remembrance of those fallen in war – far more well-known than Anzac Day.”

james.sandbrook@opotikinews.co.nz