Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae draws the ballot for the veterans who will attend the Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli this year (WN10-0038-004).
10 March 2010
The names of 22 veterans were chosen by ballot today to form part of the official New Zealand contingent attending the Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli.
Anzac Day 2010 will mark the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli Landings, the start of an eight month campaign that cost the lives of over 2,700 New Zealanders.
“Anzac Day is a day when we recognise the sacrifice of the men and women of Australia and New Zealand who served in World War One, and honour all returned servicemen and women. Veterans chosen from the ballot are service people who have served in past wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations,” said Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand (VANZ) Manager Corporate and Commemorations, Elaine Myers-Davies.
“To be eligible for the ballot veterans had to have a direct family link to someone who served in the Gallipoli campaign and they must have served as a member of the New Zealand Force,” said Ms Myers-Davies.
The ballot was drawn by the Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae under military police scrutiny.
“VANZ will write to successful and non-successful applicants and all those who applied should know by Monday at the latest if they have been selected,” Ms Myers-Davies said.
“All veterans selected will have to undergo a medical clearance from their GP which will be reviewed by a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) doctor who will make the final decision on whether they are fit to travel on the RNZAF aircraft,” she said.
The 22 veterans chosen will join a contingent made up of MPs, NZDF personnel and students.
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group
04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.