Marking 100 years since the signing of the treaty to end World War 1, the commemorative gathering began with evocative gunfire and was followed with formal speeches, wreath laying, the Last Post and the reading of the Ode of Remembrance.
Ashburton mayor Donna Favel said Armistice Day acknowledged the horrors of war and remembered those who lost their lives.
The legacy of those lost lives was still remembered by their families today, she said.
Ashburton RSA president Merv Brenton said the signing of the Armistice was a time of relief, of jubilation and a time to celebrate the end of war.
It was also a time to remember those lost.
“We can’t live in the past, but we can learn from the efforts of those who fought 100 years ago.
“We will never forget them and will always remember them,” he said.