Bush Telegraph - 2021-11-22


Message of peace for Armistice Day


Dave Murdoch

“The carnage of world wars and subsequent conflict needs to be remembered so that we strive to prevent such conflicts at all costs,” was the message delivered by Captain Richard Short, president of Dannevirke and District RSA, when he gave the address to a crowd in excess of 50 at the Armistice Commemoration in Dannevirke November 11. In sunny, hot conditions the audience heard the stark statistics of two world wars and were told that no matter how far two groups are apart, diplomacy must prevail in order to prevent further conflict and sacrifice. It was a moving message in a beautiful setting nestling between shade-providing trees as people pondered the message, appreciated the process of commemoration, thought about loved ones both past and present, and chatted to each other after the event. When The Last Post range out, followed by a minute’s silence and then The Rouse, people disassembled with the words of Captain Short asking them to remember those who served and risked their lives, those who waited and worried at home and those who strive today to bring peace.


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