The 6th Annual Earthquake Memorial Service

Christchurch, New Zealand had dedicated on 22nd February 2017 noon, a Civic Commemorative Ceremony, marks the sixth anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake. This years commemorative ceremony was hosted by New Zealand Government to commemorate 185 victims of the devastating earthquake. New Zealand Government had built memorial wall next to Avon River, the Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, opened to public on the same day. The memorial is a place to reflect the earthquake and commemorate the victims.

On that day, the participant included but not limited to the Governor General of New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy, New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, New Zealand Minister of Civil Defense Hon. Gerry Brownlee; Labour Leader Andrew Little, Mayor of Christchurch Hon. Lianne Dalziel, Member of Parliamentary representative, New Zealand Maori representatives, Foreign Minister representative, family members of the victim and etc. Besides that, Buddhist Light International Association (BLIA) South Island President, See Shen Lee, Vice President, Louisa Kuo and James Low, and other BLIA member had also attended the ceremony. BLIA Treasurer, Tiffany had represented BLIA to read the Act of Remembrance along with other Canterbury Interfaith Associations representatives.

Governor General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, said that the Memorial is a place for everyone to cherish their families and acknowledged the shared trauma as well as support received during the response and recovery that followed. New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English expressed that Canterbury had gone thru the devastating earthquake and the unfortunate forest fire where it is still smothering flames around Port Hill as a reminder of how fragile life could be. The Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial had been created to acknowledge the losses caused by earthquake and its a place for peace, a symbol of love and a place for hope to people as supporting Regeneration of Christchurch. Mayor of Christchurch, Hon. Lianne Dalziel, expressed that the memorial is a place to gather people, bringing hope and positive energy to the city.

The ceremony had also read the names of all 185 victims whom were engraved in the memorial wall. New Zealand army band had performed the musical along with the Act of Acknowledgement. At 1pm of the day, all distinguished guest were lead to gather in the memorial wall to place their flower wreath in remembrance of those who lost their life, leaving deep thoughts, feels of touched and a hope in continuation moving towards a promising future for Christchurch.