Clyde flagpoles to be up by Anzac Day

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MATT.TSO

@thenews.co.nz

Members of the RSA are pleased they will be able to have flags flying at the Clyde War Memorial in time for Anzac Day.

A pair of flagpoles are being installed at the memorial and Alexandra Clyde RSA president Kevin Harding said being able to fly the appropriate flags would be special for the RSA and the wider community.

Mr Harding said the flags would take pride of place by the memorial during Anzac Day commemorations.

The installation comes three years after flagpoles were installed at the Alexandra War Memorial.

In Clyde, a flagpole was located next to the museum across the road from the memorial but was not very prominent and the location was not doing the flag justice, Mr Harding said.

He said the centenary of the start of World War 1 had created a lot of interest in Anzac Day among the public and people were attending services in greater numbers each year.

“[Anzac Day is] just getting bigger and bigger.

“The kids got interested and the parents come along. It’s great they know what happened there.”

He said being able to fly the New Zealand flag was significant because thousands of men and women had served under it.

Having a second pole meant the Australian flag could be flown in recognition of the close bonds between the two countries, he said.

The flagpoles were paid for by the Central Otago District Council and the cost of installation was being covered by the RSA.

Mr Harding was pleased the council had come on board to help with the poles.

“It’s a big thumbs up for the [Central Otago District Council] for their generosity”, he said.

Work to install the flagpoles began this week and Mr Harding was looking forward to seeing the flags flying above Clyde.