12 March 2014
Action-packed days out with the Navy, Army and Air Force are up for grabs as prizes in a competition called Operation Anzac Spirit has been launched by the New Zealand Defence Force.
The competition, for year 7 and 8 students, aims to raise awareness of Anzac Day by asking students to design a poster showing how they commemorate Anzac Day.
This year is the commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli, Turkey.
Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating says the Defence Force has been running the art competition for students since 2007 to provide an interesting way for school children to learn about Anzac Day and its connection to the Defence Force today.
“The Anzac spirit, forged at Gallipoli, continues today with Australia being our closest Defence and security partner. Both nations have a vested interest in promoting security and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.”
“We encourage all intermediate age students to take up the challenge and enter this year’s competition. We guarantee the winners will have a unique and special day with the Defence Force,” LTGEN Keating says.
The competition will be judged by NZDF artist Captain Matt Gauldie.
Operation Anzac Spirit closes on Anzac Day (25 April) and the winners will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony at Freyberg House, Wellington in May.
For further information about Operation Anzac Spirit visit www.nzdf.mil.nz/news/op-anzac-spirit/default.htm
For further information contact the Defence Communications Group, 021 487 980.