It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the cancellation of all Anzac Day services around Marlborough. This is the first time since 1916 Anzac Day services have been cancelled but this is the right decision in light off the current global pandemic situation as we must protect our veterans and RSA members along with all our fellow New Zealanders.
We can still honour and remember the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and servicewomen, both past and present, on Anzac Day but just not in the form of a public commemorative event. We get tremendous support from our Marlborough community and feel a great sense of sadness at not being able to share this special day with you all. I would hope you will all still spare a few moments during the day to remember.
We will also be delaying our national ‘Poppy Day Appeal’ as we cannot place our RSA volunteers and collectors at potential risk in this current environment. Hopefully we can organise another date for the RSA’s major annual fundraiser. Once again this is the first time since it originally started in 1922 that it has had to be postponed.
Marlborough RSA will continue to ensure the wellbeing, health and safety of all our members and their families and urge all our community to be kind, respectful and think of one another. These are unprecedented times.