Gallipoli contingent reflects on Air Force loss
Defence Force personnel walk from Anzac Cove to Chunuk Bair (WN10-0084-089)
27 April 2010
The core values of courage and commitment held by the New Zealand Defence Force came to the fore when members of the Defence Force contingent learned of the tragic Iroquois crash on Anzac Day in New Zealand.
Contingent Commander Garin Golding said that after learning about the helicopter crash in the early hours before the Dawn Service, members of the contingent exhibited the core values of the Defence Force and performed the tasks they had come to Gallipoli for.
“Our people showed that the courage and commitment forged by the Anzacs at Gallipoli lives on today in our Defence Force with everyone supporting each other and getting on with the tasks they were required to do despite the tragic news received.”
Members of contingent played a large part in the Dawn Service and New Zealand service at Chunuk Bair. The contingent included Master of Ceremonies Lieutenant Colonel Glenn King, Principal Defence Chaplain Don Parker, Maori Cultural Group, tri-Service Band, wreath attendants, catafalque guard and a guard of honour.
“After the Dawn Service we walked from Anzac Cove up to Chunuk Bair along the route taken by the first New Zealanders during the August offensive on Chunuk Bair.
“As a mark of respect, the group paused at the foot of Outpost Two (the beginning of the route) for a hymn (Au e ihu) and a karakia – to acknowledge our ancestors who walked this route before us. We paid our respects to Flight Lieutenant Hayden Madsen, Flying Officer Daniel Gregory and Corporal Ben Carson, who lost their lives in the helicopter accident in New Zealand earlier that day, and were well known to many undertaking the walk.
“It was an important time for the group to reflect on the loss and to stop for a moment to reflect on why they were at Gallipoli. Several members of the group have family ties to Gallipoli who had walked the very same route, which made this time especially poignant,” he said.
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