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