OUSA and university to hold joint service

The Otago University Students' Association and the University of Otago will again stage a joint service to mark Anzac Day. OUSA president Ruby Sycamore-Smith said this was the third year the organisations had hosted a joint ''large-scale service on campus''.

This had proved a popular time to ''pay our respects'' and to ''honour those who served, and give thanks for the peace we have today'', she said.

The hour-long service will begin at 1.30pm tomorrow and is open to the public.

It will be held on the university clocktower lawn but will switch indoors to the University Link, near the university central library main entrance, if the weather is wet.

OUSA and Te Roopu Maori executive members would lead the ceremony and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull and Otago University vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne would give readings, Ms Sycamore-Smith said.

This year's Anzac Day address on campus will be delivered by Colonel (retd) Roger McElwain, who has long served in the New Zealand Defence Force, including as Commander Land Training and Doctrine Group in Waiouru and Commander 3 Land Force Group during the Canterbury earthquakes.

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