Christchurch Earthquake Vigil at Parliament 1 March
Christchurch Earthquake Vigil
Observance at Parliament on 1 March.
Christchurch Earthquake vigil observance will be held on the
steps of Parliament at 12.30pm tomorrow,
Tuesday 1 March, 2011.
The service will
be attend by the Governor-General and Lady Satyanand, the
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, church and faith
representatives, Parliamentarians and members of the
The vigil event will be open to
members of the public to gather on the forecourt or grounds
Two minutes' silence will be
observed at 12.51 pm during the service.
At the close of
the vigil observance the bells of the Wellington Cathedral
of St Paul will ring a half-muffled peal for 10 minutes from
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