Soldiers to march through Nelson

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The New Zealand Army band and over 60 Territorial Soldiers will parade through the streets of Nelson on Saturday.

The 2/4 Battalion of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR) will march in a Charter Parade to celebrate their connection with the Nelson community at 1pm on Saturday.

The march will start from Hathaway Terrace by Trafalgar Park, and progress along Trafalgar Street to Selwyn Place with the New Zealand Army Band playing during the march.

At the Cathedral Steps, the renewal of the Charter between 2/4 Battalion and Nelson City Council will take place that was first signed 171 years ago.

Mayor Rachel Reese says the re-signing of the Charter is about recognising the work of the Battalion in the community.

Rachel encourages Nelsonians to come out and support the region’s soldiers.

“Nelson’s territorial soldiers have supported our community for over 170 years. Not only have they been a part of assisting community organisations and events, along with helping during Civil Defence emergencies, many have also been deployed overseas.”

Commanding Officer of 2/4 RNZIR Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Brosnan says the Charter Parade is a great opportunity for 2/4 RNZIR to showcase the unit to the local community.

“The Charter Parade is particularly significant because our Queen’s and Regimental Colours will also be paraded. The Regimental Colours carry details of our unit’s battle honours, gained in service to NZ since the Boer War. We are very proud of our unit’s battle honours and of the men and women whose service earned them.

“We have a great team of Reservists serving in Nelson and always welcome new recruits. Anyone interested in joining and learning a wide range of new skills can contact us on 0800 24RNZIR (0800 247 6946).