Grat­i­tude, and the Dawn Ser­vice ex­plained

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

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

PHOTO: JOHN BIS­SET/FAIR­FAX NZ

South Can­ter­bury RSA pres­i­dent Greg O’Brien ad­dresses the AN­ZAC ser­vice at Caro­line Bay on Tues­day.

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