21 April 2016
More than 1,000 personnel from Burnham Military Camp will attend over 50 Anzac services around the Canterbury region.
Personnel will attend services all over the lower South Island, from Tekapo to Gore.
Commanding Officer of the Southern Regional Support Centre Major (MAJ) Nikki Gardner says that the support that Burnham provides shows our commitment to the community.
“It shows an understanding of our history, and a commitment to our future, as well as recognition of what our forefathers gave to New Zealand,” says MAJ Gardner.
MAJ Gardner said that she has seen a growth in support for Anzac day, and what it means to Kiwi’s in recent years.
“We had more than 3,000 people attend the Burnham dawn service in 2015 and that is a significant growth in attendance. Support has grown largely, especially with the younger generation and their renewed interest in the Anzac battle.
“Anzac Day is important to the New Zealand Army and the New Zealand Defence Force as we remember our history, and at same time it also reinforces the comradeship that we have with the Australian Forces,” she said.
Media and the public are invited to the Burnham Military Camp Anzac day dawn service outside the gates of the Camp, Powles Road, Burnham, where the service will begin just after 6am on 25 April 2016.
For more information please contact:
Charlene Smart Senior Communications Advisor – Southern for the New Zealand Defence Force on 021 221 4097.