Christchurch‘s Red Zone in the middle of the city has been lifted over the weekend, bringing to an end the New Zealand Army’s longest-ever domestic deployment.
Hundreds of people gathered today at Worcester Boulevard this afternoon.
The ‘Red Zone’ has been continuously staffed by soldiers for 857 days since the city centre was closed following the deadly February 22, 2011 earthquake.
The ceremony was attended by Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker.
Mr Brownlee said the occasion brought to a close the service of the hundreds of soldiers who had staffed the cordon.
But it was also an opportunity to thank members of the Navy and Air Force who had helped ferry people and much-needed supplies in the aftermath of the quakes.
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