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Commemoration for the third anniversary of Canterbury Quake

Commemoration event for the third anniversary of the 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake


Planning is almost complete by Christchurch City Council for a Civic Memorial Service to commemorate the third anniversary of the 22 February 2011 Canterbury earthquake. The service will be on the Archery Lawn at the Botanic Gardens on Friday 22 February 2014 at noon and will include one minute’s silence at 12.51pm.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says that the day is a time of remembrance and reflection but also of looking forward recognising the strength that we have here together in Christchurch.

“As we approach the third anniversary we are all very aware of the loss of life and the devastation that occurred. We are also aware that many of our residents are still managing in very trying circumstances. The commemorative service will provide a space for us to remember the community's kindness and strength in the aftermath of the earthquake and remind ourselves that we are strong when we stick together.

“It’s so important for our community to get together, to join with colleagues, friends and family including families from overseas, remember what happened and to look with hope and determination towards the future.

“We acknowledge that recovery is a journey and some of us are well down the road while some of us are not so far, but no matter where we are on that journey it’s ok, and we are all right.

“We are at a turning point. Let us claim our future – remembering our past, honouring those whose lives were lost or changed forever, acknowledging the significance of Christchurch being the final resting place of many from overseas and what that means for their families, respecting all who make Christchurch their home and creating for ourselves a sense of place where we all belong,” says Ms Dalziel.

After the service people will have the opportunity to also join in the River of Flowers event led by Healthy Christchurch and the Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON).

Duncan Sandeman Civic and International Relations Manager says he welcomes this complementary event.

“At the conclusion of the Civic Service it will be possible for anyone who wants to, to walk the few steps from the Archery Lawn to the Peace Bell footbridge and have the opportunity to let their flowers fall into the Avon as a symbol of letting go and coming to terms with their grief,” says Mr Sandeman.

To find out more about the service, read the frequently asked questions, and to find out about other events happening around the city visit www.ccc.govt.nz/22feb

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