Ashburton Courier: November 14, 2019

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Page 20, Ashburton’s The Courier, Thursday 14 November 2019

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Aday to remember the sacrifice

Around 40 people

gathered for the

Armistice Day service at

the Ashburton Cenotaph

on Monday to remember

the fallen of past wars,

among them veterans

and returned service

personal.

The service, which

marks the signing of the

treaty in 1918 that saw

the end of World War I,

was held in bitterly cold,

wet conditions and

started as the Ashburton

town clock struck 11am.

It was led by

Ashburton RSA

president Merv Brenton,

with fellow speakers

Ashburton deputy mayor

Liz McMillan and

Salvation Army captain

John Stone supported by

cornet player Jim

Lischner (Last Post and

Ode of the Revelry) and

the Ashburton Cadet

Unit.

Mr Brenton

apologised for the

weather but noted ‘‘this is

nothing to what was

experienced all those

years ago’’.

‘‘101 years ago today

the guns fell silent and

war ended in what for

most, was atime of huge

relief, atime to celebrate

the knowledge that loved

ones would be returning

home.

‘‘Today we need to

reflect on the effects of

wars, how it affects so

many lives, their families

and the knowledge that

success in war always

delivers casualties and

hidden costs ­many left

with physical scars, many

with hidden mental scars.

‘‘Today it is the human

lives sacrificed and those

Atime to reflect: Peter and Gwenda Ireland at the service.

suffering from the

traumas of war that we

need to remember.’’

Mr Brenton said greed

was behind most war

events and modern

technology brought it

into our homes in more

vivid detail than ever

before.

‘‘We can’t live in the

past, that’s gone, but we

can learn from their past

and their mistakes, the

effects and the need to

protect what we believe is

rightfully ours. We can

do it in adiplomatic, nonconfrontational

manner,

by getting on with

neighbours by treating

people and property with

respect, what we have

now came and continues

to come at ahuge cost,

something we don’t want

to go through again and

again, and something

that appears on the

surface to be forgotten by

many.

‘‘To all the men and

women who went to war a

century ago, those that

have been involved in

recent conflicts, those

that stayed and keep our

great country safe for us,

and defending our place

in paradise,

thank you so much. We

will never forget.’’

Check out the video

at

ashburtoncourier.co.nz

Ashburton RSA president Merv Brenton

Cadets, and Jim Lischner on the cornet.

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