Armistice Day

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

I find it ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing and dis­re­spect­ful that the Timaru RSA chose not to ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tant date of Novem­ber 11 [Armistice Day], in any way what­so­ever.

I, along with a cou­ple of friends, vis­ited the com­mem­o­ra­tion area on Caro­line Bay just prior to 11am on Satur­day; noth­ing hap­pen­ing there. We quickly moved to the Ceno­taph, think­ing the ser­vice must be there; one other cou­ple wait­ing there but noth­ing or­gan­ised there ei­ther.

We then vis­ited the RSA to in­quire, only to be told the RSA had de­cided it would do noth­ing in way of a ser­vice this year.

It used to be that the end of the Great War, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, was in­deed an event wor­thy of cel­e­bra­tion and ac­knowl­edge­ment. Ap­par­ently, not so any­more. Neville Or­ford Timaru SCRSA pres­i­dent Lee Johns re­sponds: Thanks Neville and ab­so­lutely I ap­pre­ci­ate and share your dis­ap­point­ment. It cer­tainly was not a de­ci­sion that we would not do any­thing this year but rather a cir­cum­stance. Pre­vi­ously the re­spon­si­bil­ity for or­gan­is­ing all our com­mem­o­ra­tive events fell on the shoul­ders of one co­or­di­na­tor. Over the pre­vi­ous few years it is no se­cret the RSA has been in a very poor op­er­a­tional state and the in­volve­ment of mem­bers of the club and com­mit­tees set up to deal with these events has de­clined. Top of the agenda of this new ex­ec­u­tive is to make sure we have a strong com­mem­o­ra­tive and wel­fare com­mit­tee to en­sure we are

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