Cadets Stand Tall this ANZAC Day

Cadets providing a catafalque guard at an Anzac Day ceremony.

Members of New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF) will be standing tall providing ceremonial support at ceremonies around the country this Anzac Day.

NZ Cadet Forces is a voluntary, disciplined, uniformed youth leadership training organisation for both boys and girls aged 13 to 18. It comprises the Sea Cadet Corps, the New Zealand Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps, and uses a military framework to provide young people with opportunities to develop their confidence and leadership skills.

Cadets commonly provide a catafalque guard around war memorials throughout New Zealand on Anzac Day, as well participate in dawn parades and daytime ceremonies. The catafalque party consists of four sentries, a waiting member in reserve, and a commander. The party stands vigil over the catafalque, which is normally a raised platform supporting a bier on which a coffin rests. On Anzac Day the catafalque party stands vigil around a War Memorial, instead of a coffin.

Commandant of the New Zealand Cadet Forces, Commander (CDR) Glen Stokes says the New Zealand Cadet Forces have an important part to play in Anzac Day ceremonies.

"Cadets will be out in force providing a catafalque guard and marching alongside veterans to commemorate those young men and women who went to fight for New Zealand all those years ago, as well as those who continue to serve in New Zealand’s Navy, Army and Air Force today," CDR Stokes says.

"It’s an honour for Cadets to be involved with Anzac Day ceremonies both at dawn and during the day, and New Zealanders can expect to see a good Cadet presence around memorials throughout the country."

The New Zealand Cadet Forces organisation is not part of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), but is directed by the Chief of Defence Force, on behalf of the Minister of Defence, and is supported in partnership by the NZDF and the community.


For further information please contact Katherine O’Donnell, Media Advisor – Defence Communications Group, on 021 664 293

This page was last reviewed on 23 April 2012.