Relocate the Christchurch Citizens' War Memorial to Cranmer Square
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With the decision now made to restore Christ Church Cathedral our Christchurch Citizens' War Memorial will be locked away from public access for at least the next 10 years. It has already been locked away since the February 2011 earthquakes being in close proximity to the severely damaged and dangerous cathedral. The site of the Memorial has been left in absolute disrespect for the sacrifice of the 4,398 Canterbury men and women who gave of their lives in World War One and for the memory of whom the monument was built. With the Regenerate Christchurch plans for the redevelopment of Cathedral Square, the open space around the Monument in its current location is getting ever smaller and it will no longer be be capable of hosting the 15,000 plus citizens who attend the annual ANZAC Day Dawn Services. It is time to act and to give the Memorial back to the citizens who own it. The Christchurch Memorial Returned and Services Association have requested the Christchurch City Council to relocate the Monument to Cranmer Square, an open, green and peaceful place in the city that has significant military heritage links, and where citizens and tourists alike, can visit the memorial and spend time in respectful and peaceful reflection of the huge sacrifice that iconic Monument presesents and deserves.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We Will Remember Them.
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