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RSA opposes the ‘Mondayising’ of Anzac Day

Published: Thu 26 Jul 2012 10:36 AM
RSA National Media Release
26 July 2012
RSA opposes the ‘Mondayising’ of Anzac Day
The Royal New Zealand RSA is opposed to any ‘Mondayising’ of Anzac Day.
“The RSA policy has always been to preserve the special nature of Anzac Day. The National Executive Committee of the RSA has given this issue very serious consideration and we do not support this legislative change,” says National President Don McIver.
“We would always want to see Anzac Day commemorations fall on 25 April and not on the nearest week day and we understand the proposed bill will preserve that arrangement.”
“However, we are seriously concerned that to allow a holiday long weekend when Anzac Day falls within a weekend will take the focus away from our most solemn day of commemoration in memory of the sacrifice of New Zealanders for their nation and, instead, turn attention towards the holiday itself.”
“We are concerned that this will trivialise the true intent of this very special day of national commemoration.”
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