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Military Funeral for Air Marshal (RTD) Carey Adamson

23 May 2019

Military Funeral for Air Marshal (RTD) Carey Adamson, CNZM, AFC

Air Marshal (Retired) Carey Adamson, CNZM, AFC will be farewelled with full military honours at St Paul’s Cathedral in Wellington at 2pm on Monday, 27 May.

A military funeral with full honours is usually reserved for those who have attained the top posts within the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Air Marshal Adamson was a former Chief of Defence Force and Chief of Air Force. During his tenure with the NZDF he established Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand at Trentham which has continued to oversee NZDF operations and large exercises ever since.

Air Marshal Adamson was awarded the Air Force Cross in 1979 and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1999. He retired in 2001 having dedicated 41 years of his life to serving New Zealand in the military.

The funeral will start at 2pm with a 100-person tri-Service escort. After the service the casket will be carried out by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Bearer Party to a waiting hearse. Three rifle volleys will then be fired by a firing party.

The funeral procession will leave the Cathedral and proceed to the Parliament forecourt, where a flypast by five T6-C Texan II aircraft will occur (note: flypast is subject to operational availability and is weather dependent).

Given the number of attendees expected, the lower end of Hill Street at the intersection with Molesworth Street will be closed to allow the procession to travel on foot from the Cathedral to Parliament.


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