22 April 2013
New Zealand Defence Force personnel will join Kiwis around the world from Gallipoli to Riyadh, Jakarta, New York, Papua New Guinea and Beijing to mark Anzac Day.
NZ 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 (LTGEN) Rhys Jones will attend the Dawn Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony in Christchurch.
The National Wreath Laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial in Wellington will be attended by Vice Chief of Defence Force, Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Keating, Chief of Army, MAJGEN Dave Gawn, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Peter Port, representing the Chief of Air Force, and Commodore (CDRE) John Martin, representing the Chief of Navy.
Commanding Officer HMNZS PHILOMEL, Captain (CAPT) Corina Bruce and Officer Commanding No. 485 Wing, Group Captain (GPCAPT) Kevin McEvoy, will attend the Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial.
"Anzac Day is a day for reflection and remembrance, on which we stand in New Zealand and Australia, and in many countries around the world, to honour ordinary men and women who have contributed to a great tradition," LTGEN Rhys Jones said.
"We join together today to remember and honour the men and women who have served our country in past conflicts, and members of the NZ Defence Force who continue to serve our country today in New Zealand’s Navy, Army, and Air Force."
Overseas, NZ Defence Force will be represented at Gallipoli by Chief of Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) Peter Stockwell, in Noumea by Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral (RADM) Jack Steer, and in Tonga by Defence Adviser, Pacific, Lieutenant Colonel (LTCOL) Stuart Brown.
Anzac Day services will also be held wherever NZ Defence Force personnel are on overseas missions such as Korea, Sudan, and Solomon Islands. New Zealand Defence Attaches will also attend services in the countries they are based including Singapore, Canada and Japan.ENDS
For further information please contact Katherine O’Donnell, Media Advisor – Defence Communications Group, on 021 664 293.
Editor's 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 10.30am, will feature a catafalque guard and firing party.
More than 10,000 people are expected at the Australian-led dawn service at Gallipoli. This service will be followed by the Australian service at Lone Pine and the New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. These services will be attended by Chief of Air Force, AVM Peter Stockwell, 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.
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. Commander ISAF, 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 will attend the service. Invited guests will share a traditional gunfire breakfast after the ceremony.
COL Paul Curry says, "While the New Zealand and Australian presence at HQ ISAF is small, there is significant interest in attending Anzac Day. For the families of the Kiwis who have died while serving here in Afghanistan - we will remember your loved ones, our friends, in the country in which they fell and will be thinking of them, you and our own families on Anzac Day."
The Kiwis based at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan will attend a Dawn Service at Kiwi Lines with invited guests. The Kiwis and Aussies will breakfast together and an afternoon of sports and a BBQ will conclude the day.
The Kiwi contingent in Dubai will attend a Dawn Service with representatives from the Task Force at Al Minhad Air Base. The Senior National Officer will attend the Abu Dhabi Anzac Day service in support of the Ambassador.
The eight Kiwis who are part of the Combined Task Force supporting the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will attend the official Dawn Service at the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Cenotaph in the grounds of Honiara Police Station.
The Solomon Islands Governor-General, Prime Minister, members from Parliament, the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force and RAMSI Police representatives, members of the Diplomatic Corps, the ex-pat community, and families of Solomon Islanders who assisted the Allies during WWII will also attend the service.
The Kiwis will watch the traditional Australian AFL Anzac Day test and participate in 'Two-Up' and hermit crab racing with their Aussie Digger mates.
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. Four personnel will also attend a morning service at Mount Scopus in Jerusalem.
The Senior National Officer and a fellow Kiwi UN Military Observer will attend the Anzac Day Service at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Jerusalem, and the Senior National Officer will lay a wreath.
A group of 13 Kiwi Korean War veterans are taking part in the Korean sponsored Commonwealth Revisit Programme over the Anzac Day period, and the three Kiwis currently deployed to South Korea will take leave from their duties with UNCMAC to support the veterans during their visit.
The group will commemorate Anzac Day with a Dawn Service at the National War Memorial Museum, with all the Commonwealth veterans in attendance including members of the New Zealand and Australian expat communities and dignitaries from the ROK government and military, foreign missions, and United Nations Command. Up to 400 personnel are expected to attend, many of whom will attend the traditional ‘gunfire’ breakfast following the Service.
Later in the day the group will pay their respects at the Korean National War Cemetery and will be hosted by the Koreans at a Veterans ‘Thank you Banquet.’
The three Kiwis in South Sudan are expected to commemorate Anzac Day with representatives from the Australian Defence Force in Juba.
The NZ Defence Force will be represented at more than 40 Anzac Day related commemoration activities across Australia. In addition to formal representation at Federal, State and Territory services, NZ Defence Force staff will also attend school visits and related services, local RSL ceremonies, church services and the national services of other countries who share in the Anzac legacy. More than 70 NZ Defence Force members are currently on posting, exchange or training within Australia.
United Kingdom and Europe
In London, up to 3500 people are expected at Hyde Park Corner for the Dawn Service at 5.00am. This will be followed by a wreath laying at the Cenotaph in Whitehall at 11.00am and a service in Westminster Abbey at 12.00 noon.
In France, the Head of Defence Services in London, Brigadier (BRIG) Lofty Hayward, will attend a number of commemorations and will accompany the NZ Ambassador to France at Le Quesnoy.
NZ Defence Force personnel based in London, the wider UK and Europe will also attend a number of services including in Berlin, Belgium (Flanders), Edinburgh and Dublin.