6.30am: Service begins centred around the Memorial Cenotaph
7.15am: Service concludes with Mayor Lianne Dalziel laying a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch.
Organised by the Canterbury Branch of the Malayan Veterans Association in conjunction with the Christchurch Branch of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA), and the Christchurch City Council.
There will be a volley of shots fired and a fly-over by the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The New Zealand Army Band will be in attendance and a bugler will play The Last Post.
The service runs for about 30–45mins and will be projected on two large screens.
The Citizens’ Service is organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with Christchurch Cathedral and the RSA. An address will be given by Air Commodore Andrew Woods, RNZAF and representatives of the NZ Defence Force, Consular Corps and various Christchurch youth groups will be attending.
In 2015, the Canterbury Province Field in Cranmer Square contained 632 crosses commemorating the men and women of Christchurch who died in 1915. A further 825 crosses were added in 2016 and the field will gain more crosses again this year.
Exhibitions, displays and events
Heathcote WWI Soldiers Remembered – 31 March to 30 April at Linwood Library at Eastgate Mall. The soldiers from Heathcote Valley who died in WWI are individually remembered in an exhibition at Linwood Library.
Eastside Gallery: Anzac Exhibition 2017 Opening Wednesday 19 April – Friday 28 April. A multi-media participatory experience on the theme, “We honour, we remember, we reflect”. Photographs, artworks, installations, memorabilia, talks, readings, poetry and prose, printed and audiovisual material. With a poetry evening on Friday 28 April.
Where: Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, between the Montreal Street Bridge and Durham Street, Central City, Christchurch
When: Wednesday 22 February 2017, 12 noon to 2pm
Who: All welcome.
Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial will be a place for people to reflect on the devastating earthquakes that changed Canterbury and its communities forever, honouring those who lost their lives on 22 February 2011, acknowledging those who were seriously injured and everyone who helped in the rescue and recovery operation.
River of Flowers Earthquake Commemorations provide people with a chance to be together across the city to commemorate the sixth anniversary of Canterbury’s earthquakes. This ongoing partnership between Flourish-Inc-ChCh and Avon-Ōtākaro Network supports sites along Canterbury waterways and this year will be part of the unveiling of the National Earthquake Memorial.
Our community remember the 22 February 2011 earthquake in a number of ways – by visiting a particular place, or by having a moment of silence and remembrance. We share that reflection together, wherever we are.
It is three years today since the devastating 22 February 2011 earthquake. The Civic Memorial Service takes place on the Archery Lawn, Botanic Gardens at noon today. “Three years on we remember the community’s kindness and resilience in the time since the earthquake and we are proud to call Christchurch our home.”
However you do your remembering today it is good to share. Perhaps you will be with the friends, family and neighbours who have helped you or whom you have helped since the quakes.
One way many people cope is by recounting experiences. Here are some ways you can do that:
Friends of Linwood Cemetery are holding a special Anzac Day commemoration of service personnel on Sunday 21 April from 11am to 12.30pm. This is the third year they have staged the ceremony.
Linwood Cemetery is a public cemetery which is not designated as a Services Cemetery, but there are over 310 services personnel commemorated in it. These heroic people have been largely forgotten in this once majestic green space and important heritage site which, in addition to years of neglect, suffered greatly in the February 2011 earthquake. In the past couple of years, members of the Friends of Linwood Cemetery have been photographing the graves of these personnel and have started to research each of their life stories. These can be found on the Roll of Honour on the Trust’s website.
The Anzac Commemoration is now included in the Friends programme of regular events.
The commemoration programme runs as follows:
10.45am Placing of temporary memorial near cemetery entrance, Butterfield Avenue by Trustees
11am – Commemoration including the reading out of the Linwood Cemetery Roll of Honour
Last Post played by Kevin McMorran of Canterbury Brass
Piped Lament played by Josh Smith
12.15pm – Opportunity to place poppies on individual graves (the poppies are provided by the Returned Services Association)
Please bring a chair to sit on, wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring a blanket if cold. The event is free but donations to the Friends of Linwood Cemetery and New Zealand Returned Services Association would be appreciated.