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Anzac commemorations for Wellington

22 April 2010

Members of the New Zealand Defence Force will support a number of ceremonies to be held in Wellington to commemorate Anzac Day on Sunday 25 April.

The Chief of Army, Major General Rhys Jones will attend the Dawn Service at the Cenotaph at 5.45am, along with Wellington-based Defence Force personnel.

At the National War Memorial in Buckle Street NZDF personnel will provide a dawn to dusk vigil ceremony over the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior from 6am to 5pm.

A citizen’s service will be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Hill Street, starting at 9.45am. The Defence Force will be represented at this service by Brigadier Tim Gall. This service will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Wellington Cenotaph in Lambton Quay at approximately 10.30am.

The Secretary of Defence, John McKinnon, Vice Chief of Defence Force, Rear Admiral Jack Steer, Chief of Army Major General Rhys Jones, Commodore Pat Williams and Air Commodore Richard Newlands will attend the National Wreath-laying Ceremony at the National War Memorial at 10.30am.

A ceremony will also be held from 1.00pm at the Ataturk Memorial at Tarakena Bay.  Brigadier Kevin Riordan, will represent NZDF. The service will be conducted by Principal Army Chaplain Lance Lukin.

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

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