Rain did not dampen the joint Otago University Students'
Association and University of Otago Anzac Day service.
The about 200 people who attended the service dodged showers,
as the service shifted inside the Union Hall.
Now in its third year, the event is popular with both
university staff and students and those who cannot make the
In his Anzac Day address, Colonel (Retd) Roger McElwain spoke
of the sacrifice made by soldiers in past wars and in today's
''Service ... is still about sacrifice, duty and courage,''
Col McElwain said.
Soldiers who served overseas today still gave up on being
there for key moments in the lives of their families and
There was also still a risk of being wounded or killed and 10
New Zealand soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan.
''I knew two of them well, having served with them.
''I buried Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell and attended the
commemorative service of Corporal Luke Tamatea.
''I mourn their loss and I grieve for their families.''
He also spoke of the importance of World War 1 in New
Zealand's history and the need to honour then prime minister
William Massey's pledge to remember those who lost their
lives in the war.
The bonds formed during World War 1 created a ''sense of
identity and perhaps nationhood'', which was not as strong
before the conflict.
The university's Allen Hall is named after James Allen, the
defence minister during the war, and Marama Hall is named
after a hospital ship.