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OUSA Anzac Day service

Clocktower clock

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 10:22am


The ANZAC spirit will once again be remembered on the University of Otago campus in a joint service by the Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) and the University of Otago this ANZAC day.

“It’s the third year we’ve hosted a large scale service on campus, and it’s proven popular as a time for us to pay our respects and remember the Kiwis, the students and those from across the Globe.” Said OUSA President, Ruby Sycamore-Smith. “It’s a very real moment for us as we honour those who served, and give thanks for the peace we have today.”

The service will be held on the University Clock Tower’s lawn and run from 1.30pm until 2.30pm with a range of speakers.

OUSA and Te Roopu Maori Executive members will MC and lead the ceremony, Mayor Dave Cull and Vice Chancellor Prof. Harlene Hayne will participate in readings.

This year’s Anzac Day address on campus will be delivered by Colonel (retd) Roger McElwain, who has served in the New Zealand Defence Force for over 35 years, culminating in his appointment as Commander Land Training and Doctrine Group in Waiouru and Commander 3 Land Force Group during the Canterbury earthquakes.

“Previous Anzac Day ceremonies on campus in recent years have shown that there is a strong depth of feeling at the University of Otago among students and staff that it is vital to remember and continue to acknowledge the sacrifices our ancestors made for our country.” Said Professor Harlene Hayne, University of Otago Vice Chancellor.

“This is always a moving event with an excellent Anzac address. I’m hoping that once again, there will be an excellent turn out by staff and students.”

Wreaths will also be laid on the Leith Bridge by University and student representatives after a procession along with University’s memorial walk.

The service is open to the public.

Event details:

Time: 1.30pm-2.30pm
Date: 25 April 2014Location: University Clock Tower Lawn (University of Otago Memorial Walk)
Wet weather location: University Link, Central Library main entrance area
After event: Light refreshments and nibbles will be served at University College

For further information, contact

Darel Hall, OUSA General Manager
Tel 64 3 479 5341

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