Monday, December 2, 2013

The Boys Are Back In Town

Stand aside, Thin Lizzy!
The military returned en masse to central Christchurch last Saturday, for the first time since the Red Zone cordon was removed last June.
It was the traditional Charter Parade of 2/4 Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.
Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the Charter Parade is part of a proud tradition and a chance for the city to honour the battalion, especially for its support following the February 2011 earthquake:
"I particularly want to acknowledge your efforts in the days and weeks following the earthquake. You were the second wave of response, stepping in to support the emergency services in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. You had our back in Christchurch's time of need."
The battalion was granted the freedom of the city of Christchurch in 1966, as the 2nd Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast Battalion. That "freedom" entitles them to march through Christchurch streets with drums beating, band playing, colours flying, bayonets fixed and swords drawn.
Mayor Dalziel says the regiment's contribution following the devastation went well beyond the call of duty, and Christchurch would always be grateful.

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