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National Commemoration of the Vietnam War

Media release: 16 August 2017

Vietnam Veterans’ Day will be commemorated on Friday at the National War Memorial, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Chief Executive Paul James said.

“Sometimes referred to as the Second Indo-China War or the American War the conflict lasted from about 1960 until 1975 with more than 3000 New Zealand military and civilian personnel serving,” Paul James said.

“Described as the longest and most contentious military experience of the 20th century 37 men died while on active service and 187 were wounded. Two civilians serving with the New Zealand (Civilian) Surgical and New Zealand Red Cross teams also lost their lives.

“Friday’s ceremony will be attended by the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs, Hon David Bennett, Vietnam War veterans, representatives from other veteran organisations, members of the diplomatic corps and members of the New Zealand Defence Force. 

Members of the official party at the 2017 ceremony.

“The commemoration will include laying wreaths to remember the New Zealanders who served and died, reading the names on the Roll of Honour and the Last Post.

“Members of the public are welcome to attend the commemoration which begins at 11.00am. This is an opportunity to learn more about the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War and reflect on the sacrifice of our military and civilian personnel,” Paul James said.

More information about New Zealand’s involvement in the Vietnam War is available on the Ministry’s New Zealand History site.

People wishing to attend tomorrow’s event should be at the Hall of Memories, Buckle Street, at 10.45am for the 11.00am start.

Updated on 29th August 2017