Queenstown’s Returned and Services’ Association president is calling for fresh faces to keep the memories of past soldiers alive.
Dave Geddes made the plea to about 600 people packed into Memorial Hall today for the resort’s Anzac Day ceremony.
Geddes said interested punters – irrespective of age, business sense, religion or whether they had served in the armed forces – were welcome to join the organisation.
Numbers were needed to look after ageing returned soldiers and ensure “the memory of those who did not make it home will be remembered in perpetuity”, he said.
“Just give some thought to joining us and keeping the memory alive.”
Guest speaker, local mayor Vanessa van Uden, said it was crucial for people to think about how lucky we are to have shared this country with heroes of the past who sacrificed their lives to provide New Zealanders with a lifestyle often taken for granted.