20 April 2011
Members of the New Zealand Defence Force will support a number of ceremonies held in Wellington to commemorate Anzac Day on Monday 25 April.
Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr will attend the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph at 5.45am, along with Wellington based New Zealand Defence Force personnel.
A citizens’ service will be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Hill Street, starting at 9.45am.
The Defence Force will be represented at this service by Commodore Kevin Keat, Leiutenant Colonel James Kaio and Wing Commander Leanne Woon. This service will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Wellington Cenotaph on Lambton Quay at approximately 10.30am.
At the National War Memorial in Buckle Street Defence personnel will provide a dawn to dusk vigil ceremony over the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior from 6am to 5pm.
The National Wreath-laying and Commemorative Service will commence with a service at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, starting at 10.30am. For the first time members of the public will be able to view the ceremonial proceedings and the wreathlaying from the new Memorial Park on Buckle Street.
This service will be attended by His Excellency the Governor-General of New Zealand, the Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand, the Secretary of Defence, John McKinnon, Vice Chief of Defence Force, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr, Brigadier Mark Wheeler (representing the Chief of Army), and Air Commodore Gavin Howse, (representing the Chief of Air Force) and well as members of the diplomatic corps and invited guests.
The ceremony will be conducted by the Principal Defence Chaplain Don Parker and The Very Reverend Frank Nelson, Dean of Wellington.
A ceremony will also be held at 1.30pm at the Ataturk Memorial at Tarakina Bay which will be conducted by Chaplain Wayne Toleafoa. Brigadier Kevin Riordan will represent NZ Defence Force.
The swing band of the RNZAF and the Beat Girls will feature in We’ll meet again - Anzac Day concert, to be held at the Wellington Town Hall from 7.00-8.30pm. Tickets are available from ticketek.
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 021 569 130.