Dunne Welcomes Support For Korean Veterans
Dunne Welcomes Parliament's Unanimous Support For Korean War Veterans
United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne, has welcomed Parliament's unanimous support for his resolution regarding New Zealand's Korean War involvement.
Parliament this afternoon adopted Mr Dunne's resolution that:
'This House places on record its profound acknowledgment of and gratitude for the contribution and sacrifice made by all the New Zealand armed forces personnel who served in the Korean War campaign, and extends it best wishes to the veterans and their families as they gather to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that campaign.'
"This resolution ends a sad chapter in our national history."
"For reasons which are as inexplicable as they are unjustifiable there has never been formal Parliamentary recognition of the role of New Zealand personnel in Korea, leading to the very real sense felt by so many of the veterans that they participated in a forgotten war."
"Now, after 50 years the sacrifices of the New Zealand armed forces personnel who went to Korea have finally been acknowledged by the New Zealand Parliament."
"While this recognition may be too late for a number of the veterans, I hope it is of comfort to those who remain, and their families to know that Parliament appreciates their sacrifices were not in vain."
"I am grateful for the support of all parties in Parliament for this resolution," Mr Dunne says.