Otago Daily Times

Armistice Day well at­tended

SOUTH­LAND

- LAURA SMITH laura.smith@odt.co.nz Invercargill · Te Anau

TO hon­our and re­mem­ber, about 50 peo­ple at­tended this year’s Armistice Day ser­vice in In­ver­cargill.

Among those was Vicki Smith, who at­tended to hon­our her own fa­ther who was a re­turned ser­vice­man.

Af­ter she laid a poppy at the In­ver­cargill Ceno­taph she said it was im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the fallen.

In­ver­cargill RSA chair­man Norm Wil­son, who was bal­loted into the army in 1972 and then served in the Ter­ri­to­rial Force, agreed.

‘‘It’s good to see a lot of younger peo­ple here, too.’’

The ser­vice was led by Awarua RSA pres­i­dent Ian Beker.

A Viet­nam vet­eran, he said the ser­vice was well at­tended by a va­ri­ety of vet­er­ans, lo­cal lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of the public.

He be­lieved re­spect­ing and re­mem­ber­ing our fore­fa­thers al­lowed the coun­try to progress.

‘‘If we stopped com­mem­o­rat­ing the sacri­fice by the thou­sands of peo­ple on the ceno­taph, what is the point?’’

Other ser­vices were held around South­land, in­clud­ing in Gore and Te Anau.

Gore RSA man­ager Steve Brins­don said there was good at­ten­dance at the ser­vice in the town, of about 50 peo­ple.

‘‘We had quite a lot of ser­vice per­son­nel there.’’

Those in­cluded sev­eral World War 2 vet­er­ans.

A short com­mem­o­ra­tive ser­vice was held in Te Anau at An­zac Re­serve.

There was an ad­dress by RSA Chap­lain Craig Al­lan, fol­lowed by a poem by Ray Wil­lets..

 ?? PHOTOS: LAURA SMITH ?? South­land re­mem­bers . . . About 50 peo­ple at­tended the In­ver­cargill Armistice Day ser­vice this year.
PHOTOS: LAURA SMITH South­land re­mem­bers . . . About 50 peo­ple at­tended the In­ver­cargill Armistice Day ser­vice this year.
 ??  ?? Re­mem­ber­ing the fallen . . . In hon­our of her fa­ther, Vicki Smith at­tended the Armistice Day ser­vice in In­ver­cargill yes­ter­day.
Re­mem­ber­ing the fallen . . . In hon­our of her fa­ther, Vicki Smith at­tended the Armistice Day ser­vice in In­ver­cargill yes­ter­day.

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