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Anzac Day Commemorated in New Zealand

26 April 2009

It was an early start for thousands of New Zealanders who attended Anzac Day dawn services to commemorate those who gave their lives for their country and to honour those war veterans who made it home.

Young and old gathered at the country’s war memorials to remember those sacrifices and to pay tribute to members of the New Zealand Defence Force who are currently serving overseas. 

At the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Wellington, Prime Minister John Key laid a wreath for New Zealanders who had died in foreign wars. “We salute their willingness to fight to preserve our freedoms and humanitarian ideals,” he said. “They were everyday people who rose to the heights of sacrifice.”

Thousands of NZDF personnel attended services around the country, many which featured flypasts by the RNZAF.  NZDF personnel serving overseas attended Anzac Day services in Afghanistan, Timor Leste, Korea, the Sudan, and Solomon Islands. 

New Zealand Defence Attaches also attended services in the countries in which they are based, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, United States, Canada and Japan.

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