AROUND 50 to 60 people converged on the memorial in Rochester to celebrate Remembrance Day.
Along with the time of remembrance, the Spirit of Anzac award was announced.
Rochester RSL Sub-Branch introduced the Spirt of Anzac Award in 2014 to mark the centenary of the commencement of World War One.
It is awarded to those individuals from the Rochester district who had displayed the attributes of character that are frequently described as portraying the Anzac spirit.
The 2017 Rochester RSL “Spirit Award” has been won by Mrs Kaye McFarlane, a history teacher at Rochester Secondary College.
Kaye was acknowledged because of the tremendous work she has done over her 16 years at Rochester Secondary College in the teaching of the history of Australians at war.
“Her professionalism as a teacher is beyond doubt but her passion for this particular aspect of her work makes her stand out,’’ Rochester RSL president John Glover said.
‘‘She has used so many different teaching tools and techniques to impart her message and to engage her students that the RSL was unanimous in her selection.’’ Mr Glover said.
Kaye received her award in front of the substantial crowd that gathered in the Memorial Gardens at the RSL to mark the 99th anniversary of the Armistice, the end of hostilities for World War One.
Kaye said she was overwhelmed when told of the award but happily accepted it as acknowledgement of the importance of the subject she was teaching.
“I have done this since arriving at Rochester and this is a wonderful fillip prior to my retirement,’’ she said.
‘‘The students responded to my teaching with enthusiasm and so many people have contributed to help make these lessons interesting for my students.”