Gratitude, and the Dawn Service explained
It was with great pride and humility that I was able to acknowledge the presence of so many from the community, and especially the younger participants, at the Dawn Service, at the Cemetery Service, and again at the Civic Service on ANZAC Day morning. The commitment from the community to the Memory of the fallen, and to the Spirit of ANZAC is awesome. Attendance at the RSA Club rooms was also gratifying, with a good crowd of returned and ex-service and their families enjoying the camaraderie.
For those that felt the Dawn service was too short, it was in consideration of many of our more senior Veterans who find it challenging to stand in one place on a cold morning for extended periods, and the many people who brought young (even some infants) out into the cold to participate in the occasion. We recognised the effort and commitment required, and believed the Civic Service a more appropriate venue to lay the many wreaths to enable the entire community to participate and understand the significance.
A special thanks to all of the Accepted Values (MAVs) for these are purely practical limits recognising it is not possible to remove these contaminants below the MAV, or measure them: they are not measures of safety for these substances.
The World Heath Organisation (WHO) has fully clarified this in its publication on arsenic levels in drinking water. If Mr Price prefers to have lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury added to his drinking water he is entitled to enjoy it but such are not everybody’s cup of tea.
The MAV for lead used to be 10 times what it is now. Undoubtedly Mr Price would at that time have said this is a ‘‘strict standard ensuring safety’’. He would have been wrong then as he is now. Imelda Hitchcock
Timaru (Abridged) volunteers and staff that made the day such a success – the RSA Social Club ladies that served hot breakfast to the Veterans and visitors after the Dawn Service, the supporters that assisted in organising the Wreath laying, the dedication and hard work of Vice President Merve Tyree in organising the logistics for the ceremonies, Rapa Phiu as Parade Marshall, the Cadets who formed the Quarter Guard at each of the ceremonies, Roncalli College for the involvement of their senior students, and to the hard working RSA staff, (Chef, Manager, kitchen, bar and cleaning) that ensured everyone was attended to, and no one went without.
The South Canterbury Returned and Services Association extends thanks to all of the community for their continued support on this very special day each year – we have taken some lessons from the day to ensure future events are even more relevant and meaningful. Thank you in particular for your spontaneous applause for our Veterans prior to their marching out of the venue, it was truly appreciated.
In summary, I believe it was a day of practical demonstration of the Qualities of the ANZAC Spirit. South Canterbury Returned and Services Association president
South Canterbury RSA president Greg O’Brien addresses the ANZAC service at Caroline Bay on Tuesday.