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RNZAF pays tribute in anniversary church service

Governor General opening Parliament after the formation of a new Government. A NZDF Guard of Honour was on parade
Governor General opening Parliament after the formation of a new Government. A NZDF Guard of Honour was on parade (OH08-0864-36)

26 March 2010

The Royal New Zealand Air Force will commemorate its 73rd anniversary with a church service at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul’s this Sunday 28 March at 2.00pm and members of the public are invited to attend.

The service is held to remember those who have served in the RNZAF and particularly those who have lost their lives in Service.  New Zealanders who fought and died in other Air Forces are also remembered and thanks is given for the dedication of the men and women of today’s Air Force.

During the service the Queen’s Colour of the RNZAF, the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) Commemorative Pennant and the Standards of Numbers 3, 5, 40 and 42 Squadrons will be paraded.

This year the BCATP Commemorative Pennant, a special distinction similar in nature to a military battle honour and created to honour meritorious service in the time of conflict, will be carried by Pilot Officer Lisa McLay.
This will be the first time the Pennant won’t be carried by a BCATP veteran due to their increasing frailty. PLTOFF McLay says it is an honour to carry the Pennant.
“I feel truly privileged to carry the Pennant as it represents such a significant time in the RNZAF’s history.”

At the close of World War II the BCATP had produced 131,533 aircrew graduates including pilots, wireless operators, air gunners and navigators for the Air Forces of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The RNZAF contributed 7002 graduates.

Music for the service will be provided by the Central Band of the RNZAF.

ENDS

For further information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group, on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

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