Armistice Day service tomorrow at cenotaph


Armistice Day will be commemorated by the Dunedin RSA in a ceremony tomorrow at the Queens Gardens cenotaph. The service will commemorate the Armistice signed on November 11, 1918, between Germany and the Allied powers which signalled the end of World War 1. The Rev Dr Tony Martin will lead the service. The St Hilda’s Collegiate choir will sing God Save The Queen and the New Zealand national anthem. St Hilda’s Collegiate pupil and regional winner of the Cyril Basset VC competition Lola Garden will deliver her regional competition-winning speech. Dunedin RSA president Lox Kellas will read Laurence Binyon’s Ode of Remembrance. Prayers will also be said, a gun will be fired at 11am, followed by two minutes of silence. There will also be a dedication of flagpoles. Noting Lola’s speech, Mr Kellas said it was important to involve young people in the commemorations because they were the country’s future decision-makers. ‘‘If they understand what the futility of war is all about, then perhaps they’ll make better decisions than what have been made in the past.’’ Mr Kellas was unsure how many might attend the event but said there had been a ‘‘couple of hundred’’ at previous Armistice Day services in the city. Dunedin RSA senior vicepresident Fred Daniel said although Armistice Day was specifically an occasion to acknowledge the service of those who had fought in World War 1, the event was also a chance to reflect on New Zealanders who had fought in subsequent conflicts and those now on active duty. ‘‘Just [be] mindful of those who went before and those who are serving after me.’’