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Remembrance Sunday Service Honours Military

New Zealand Defence Force
Te Ope Kaatua O Aotearoa

Media Release

8 November 2007

Remembrance Sunday Service Honours Military Personnel

The son of two New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel will play an important part at the Remembrance Sunday service to be held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, Wellington on 11 November.

Joshua Scott (7) is the son of Squadron Leader Heidi Hartel, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, and Squadron Leader Tim Scott. Joshua will light the Peace candle at the Remembrance Sunday service.

Remembrance Sunday honours all men and women who sacrificed their lives during military service to New Zealand as well as those NZDF personnel currently serving overseas.

The service will be attended by Their Excellencies the Governor-General and Mrs Susan Satyanand, the Vice Chief of Defence Force (designate) Rear Admiral Jack Steer, NZDF personnel and Wellington Cathedral parishioners.

The National President of the RNZRSA Robin Klitscher will read the Ode.

ENDS

Background
Remembrance Day (also sometimes referred to as Armistice Day) marks the anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War and commemorates the sacrifice of those who died serving New Zealand in this and all wars and armed conflict.

In addition to observing Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday has become a universal time of commemoration when all men and women who have died in the service of their country are commemorated in church services throughout New Zealand. Remembrance Sunday is observed on the second Sunday in November.

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