It was at the old RSA on ANZAC Days that many a tale was told over a pint or two by the veterans of WW1 and WW2.
The RSA was the social centre to enjoy good company and entertainment, or a quiet drink according to their inclination.
When the old RSA closed the bricks and mortar remained, the ethos, however, that drive its members and the greater population remains as strong as ever. As witnessed by the every growing attendance at the ANZAC Day celebrations.
The make-up of those attending covers all generations.
The recent depiction in the media of the battle fields of Passchendaele, Flanders, and other places brought stark reminders of the horrors of war and the mass slaughter of soldiers on both sides, mixed with stories of heroism and endurance during those campaigns.
The anniversaries of these historic events have been successfully commemorated through the efforts of our City Council, the Defence Forces, and the Palmerston North RSA 2014 committee.
The new RSA has been fortunate that the management of the Palmerston North Distinction Hotel has provided the new RSA with an office and the use of one of their bars without cost for the meetings .
The club welcomes all members, former and serving members.
The RSAs around New Zealand, in keeping with our own, pause at 6pm on meeting nights for the reading of the Ode, which ends with ‘‘Lest We Forget’’ these words have more than special significance given the state of the world today.
Don Robertson, Palmerston North