13 April 2015
Over 500 New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will represent New Zealand at Anzac Day services across the world in places as diverse as Antarctica, Belgium, London and Turkey. This year is especially significant as it marks the commemoration of the centenary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli on 25 April.
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, said we are sending NZDF personnel to Anzac Day services in Great Britain, France, Belgium and Australia as well as a contingent to Gallipoli, which leaves from Base Auckland today.
“Anzac Day is commemorated by New Zealanders all over the world and it is appropriate that our personnel are present in the countries in which our service people served during the First World War,” LTGEN Keating said.
“In New Zealand and Australia, we gather on April 25 every year to acknowledge the sacrifice of all those who have died in war, and the contribution of the men and women who have served in all conflicts in both combat and peace-keeping roles.
“We also remember and acknowledge the service people of today on operations around the world, and their families.”
In New Zealand, NZDF personnel will support 400 Anzac Day-related events across the country from Te Kao to Bluff, including the programme of events focused on the new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.
“In acknowledgement of the support New Zealand gives its service people, many of our personnel return to their hometowns to be part of their communities this Anzac Day,” says LTGEN Keating.
Personnel will also take part in Anzac Day services in Niue, the Cook Islands, Tonga and Samoa remembering those countries’ involvement with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force one hundred years ago.
For more information please contact Defence Public Affairs on 021 487 980