Friday, August 23, 2013

New Look For Old

Christchurch's RSA has released images of what its new home in Christchurch will look like.
The current Returned Services Association building was damaged in the Canterbury EQs and is being demolished. Its replacement, due for completion by the end of 2014, is partially funded by the sale of more than 1000m2 of land in Gloucester St. The new Christchurch RSA clubrooms is planned to open on 4 August 2014, one hundred years after the outbreak of WW1.
As I strolled past the old building a few weeks ago, I noticed the artillery fieldgun that stood sentry outside for many years, has been removed. But I also notice that it does not feature in the artist's impression of the new building.
I do hope it finds a home in the forecourt of the new RSA. It's a direct link to the roots of the Returned Services Association, an acknowledgement of the services and sacrifices made in sweat and blood. Even as the RSA spreads its membership base wider, and signs up those who've never seen any form of military service - let alone active engagements - that traditional link must be retained...

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