Catafalque party from the HMNZS Te Kaha at the Anzac Day ceremony at Kranji War Cemetery in Singapore in 2011.
New Zealand Defence Force personnel will join Kiwis around the world in places as diverse as Gallipoli, Washington, Penang, Riyadh; Afghanistan and Timor Leste to mark one of New Zealand’s most significant days; Anzac Day on Wednesday 25 April.
Defence Force representatives will also attend many of the dawn and civic ceremonies held at war memorials and town halls throughout New Zealand.
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones will be attending the Dawn Service and National Commemorative Service in Wellington, which will also be attended by Their Excellencies, Lieutenant General, The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae the Governor-General of New Zealand and Lady Janine Mateparae; The Right Honourable John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand; CDF, LTGEN Jones, Des Ashton representing the Secretary of Defence; Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Tony Parr; Chief of Army, Major General Tim Keating; and the Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Peter Stockwell and well as members of the diplomatic corps and invited guests.
"Anzac Day is a day to commemorate the past not only at Gallipoli, where it all started, but in local communities around the country. For New Zealanders, commemorations at local memorials that have the names of our ancestors on them, are the heart of Anzac Day," said LTGEN Jones.
"Anzac Day is also a day when we also reflect on the work of our Defence personnel currently serving our country both in NZ and overseas. The values they hold today are the same as those held by the ANZACs of the First World War."
New Zealand will be represented at numerous services around the world and in New Zealand.
In Auckland the Deputy Chief of Navy Commodore Wayne Burroughs will attend the Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial and the Deputy Chief of Air Force Air Commodore Kevin Short and Air Commodore Peter Port will attend the Dawn Service at Cranmer Square in Christchurch.
Overseas the Defence Force will be represented at Gallipoli by the vice Chief of Defence Force Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Hawaii by Commander Joint Forces Major General Dave Gawn and Noumea by Land Component Commander Brigadier Mark Wheeler.
Anzac Day services will also be held wherever NZ Defence Force personnel are on overseas missions such as Timor Leste, Korea, the Sudan, and Solomon Islands. New Zealand Defence Attaches will also attend services in the countries they are based including Singapore, Canada and Japan.
On Anzac Day around 400 New Zealand Defence Force personnel will be serving overseas on operations, UN missions and defence exercises.
Editors note: NZ Defence Force representation around the world:
Due to our geographic location New Zealand is the first country in the world to commemorate Anzac Day. Large numbers of New Zealanders are expected to attend dawn and civic services around the country especially in the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Around 200-300 people are expected at the tiny settlement of Tinui, near Masterton, where the first Anzac Day ceremony was held in 1916. The service, held at 1030, will feature a catafalque guard and firing party.
Over 10,000 people are expected at the Australian led dawn service (0530-0615 local time) at Gallipoli, this service will be followed by the Australian service at Lone Pine at 1000 and the New Zealand Service at Chunuk Bair at 1230. These services will be attended by the Vice Chief of Defence Force Rear Admiral Jack Steer along with a small contingent of New Zealand Defence personnel.
There will be around 400 New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed on operations, UN missions or exercises overseas on ANZAC Day, and while it will be a normal work day for most, the Kiwis will attend dawn ceremonies where they are based.
In Bamyan Province, Afghanistan the Kiwis will participate in a Dawn Service followed by breakfast. "During the service we will be reflecting on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their countries. It is especially poignant for those of us serving in Afghanistan as we will be remembering those who have been killed in action or died whilst deployed here," says LTCOL Pete Hall, Commanding Officer of NZDF personnel in the NZPRT.
The Kiwis serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan, will mark Anzac Day with a traditional Dawn Service. They will be joined by the sole Kiwi Military Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission Afghanistan (UNAMA). The service will be conducted with members of the Australian Defence Force and will include General Allen, COMSIAF, military representatives from contributing nations, Embassy officials and key leaders from the US, UK and Canada, as well as Afghanistan representatives who work closely with ISAF. "Although Anzac Day is a firmly entrenched event for New Zealand and Australia, the presence of Turkish personnel in Kabul provides an opportunity to jointly commemorate this historical event. The ISAF ANZAC Day Dawn Service usually attracts ex-pats Kiwis' who work in Kabul for various agencies and those that work in UN missions. This year’s event is likely to attract 200 people from within Kabul," says LTCOL Eugene Whakahoehoe.
The New Zealand contingent with the International Stabilisation Force (ISF) in Timor-Leste will participate in a Dawn Service. This year it is being hosted by the Australian Ambassador. Invitations have been extended to a number of Timor-Leste Government representatives, as well as most Embassies and Senior Defence representatives, both Timor-Leste and other nations. A number of representatives from the Turkish UNPOL Team are also expected to attend. The Dawn Service is open to the public and will be followed by a light ISF-hosted breakfast. Being an alcohol-free mission, ISF will enjoy a two-can beer entitlement in the evening.
Anzac Day in the Solomon Islands will see the Coalition Task Force (CTF) 635 attend the official Anzac Dawn Service to be held at the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Cenotaph in the grounds of the Honiara Police Station. The Task Force and the Police from Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will be parading at 0600 for a Dawn Service that will include attendance by the Solomon Islands Governor-General, Prime Minister, members from both sides of Parliament, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), members of the Diplomatic Corps, the ex-pat community, families of Solomon Islanders who assisted the Allies during the WWII war effort and the local community. The Kiwis may be forced to watch the tradition AS AFL ANZAC Day test and the day will conclude with a visit by the Australian Minster of Defence the Hon. Mr Stephen Smith.
The three Kiwis in South Sudan are expected to commemorate Anzac Day with representatives from the Australian Defence Force at Australia House in Juba. The Dawn Service will be followed by a BBQ breakfast.
The sole NZ Defence Force representative in Iraq will be at the Dawn Service at the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, with a number of Australian troops and expatriate New Zealanders and Australians.
The majority of the Kiwis based in the Middle East will be carrying out their normal daily duties, with the exception of one Kiwi who will be the Defence Force representative at the Dawn Service in Beirut.
The 28 Kiwis in the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai will split and join their Australian counterparts to mark Anzac Day at a Dawn Service at the Heliopolis cemetery in Cairo, and also at a Dawn Service at North Camp, Sinai. A number of personnel will attend a morning service in Jerusalem.
In Australia the NZ Defence Force will be represented at over 40 Anzac Day related commemoration activities across the country. This includes formal representation at Federal, State and Territory services, school visits and services, local RSL events, church services, other nations services and both private and public events by over 70 NZ Defence Force members on posting, exchange or training within Australia at the time.
Lieutenant Colonel Darren Beck, Military Adviser in Canberra said, "There is a greater awareness of the New Zealand role in both the story and spirit of ANZAC that pervades the Australian psyche. The NZ Flag is flown and anthem played at most services and NZ veterans lead many parades and marches."
In London up to 3500 are expected at Hyde Park Corner for the Dawn Service at 0500. This will be followed by a wreath laying at the Cenotaph in Whitehall at 1100 and service in Westminster Abbey at 1200. New Zealand is the lead nation this year.
The Head of Defence Services in London, Brigadier Hayward will accompany the NZ Ambassador Derek Leask to services in Le Quesnoy and Longueval in northern France.
For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 021 569 130