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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

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