National Remembrance Service
by Mike Isle
A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the mosque attacks and all those affected by the tragedy will be held in Christchurch on Friday, March 29.
The service will be in Hagley Park and will be led jointly by the government, the city of Christchurch, Ngai Tahu and the Muslim community.
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said the service would provide an opportunity for Cantabrians, New Zealanders and people around the world to come together as one to honour the victims of the terrorist attack.
“In the week since the unprecedented terror attack, there has been an outpouring of grief and love in our country. The service will be a chance to once again show that New Zealanders are compassionate, inclusive and diverse and that we will protect those values. The terrorist attack has been significant for many countries. We anticipate international guests and visitors will want to attend and to join us in our sorrow and support for the victims and their families,’’ the prime minister said.
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said it was a time for everyone, locally, nationally and internationally to come together in unity.
“Coming together on Friday will demonstrate support for all our communities, no matter where we were born, no matter where and how we choose to express our faith. We do not stand alone; we stand together. We will not be divided by hatred; we will be united by love,’’ the mayor said.