26 April 2015
The memorial cairn which bears the names of all New Zealand’s Afghanistan fallen and first stood at Kiwi Base in Bamyan, Afghanistan, has been re-dedicated in the grounds of Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand in Trentham.
The dedication on 23 April 2015 was attended by family members, Defence Force personnel and members of the Pine Stream Quilters, who had created an Anzac themed quilt for presentation to the operational headquarters.
Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Major General Tim Gall, said that the significance of the cairn, constructed by those who stood and served alongside the fallen, was not lost on any of the personnel working in the headquarters.
“The operational roles the NZDF undertakes day to day are not always easy or safe. Our people in this Headquarters are always looking forward and planning to meet the next challenge or contingency that our Government lays before us. From protecting our shores, providing Humanitarian Assistance or Disaster Relief or being part of a Global contribution to maintain world peace, this cairn stands as a reminder of challenges faced and sacrifices made.”
The quilt created by the Pine Stream Quilters features the traditional poppy theme at its core, but also contains other references to the war and war effort as a whole. It acknowledges all troops and the women and families who were part of the war effort. It now hangs on display in the Headquarters.
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