4 O South celebrates in style
The 4th Otago Southland Battalion Group celebrated their 150th anniversary with an army charter parade along George St to the Octagon in Dunedin, accompanied by an array of vintage and current military vehicles. It was one of the highlights of the weekend long celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of military service in Otago.
March, 2010, 4 O South TF Battalion celebrations (WN-09-0001-043)
The Chief of Army, Major-General Rhys Jones, Associate Defence Minister Heather Roy, the Army Land Component Commander, Brigadier Dave Gawn, and the Director, Army Reserve, Brigadier Ants Howie, were among senior Defence Force personal who attended the celebrations.
The New Zealand Army Band also took part in the parade, which was followed by a church service at First Church, and then a mayoral reception where MAJGEN Jones presented service medals to seven soldiers. A two day NZ Army open day at the Kensington Army Hall drew in large crowds and many old soldiers from around the region attended the formal ball held in the Dunedin City Town Hall.
The celebrations ended with a shared breakfast on the Sunday morning at the Kensington Hall where the highlight was a video link-up to soldiers from the Battalion who are currently deployed in the Solomon’s was established for families and friends.