VANZ News Issue 12
Expressions of Interest 70th Anniversaries of the Battle of Monte Cassino and D-Day Landings - 2014
The 70th anniversary of Battle of Cassino will be held in Italy in mid-May 2014. The commemoration of this battle will be the representative Second World War commemoration for all New Zealanders who served in Italy. In order to be eligible to attend the commemoration, veterans must have been members of the New Zealand Armed Forces at the time of their service, and have qualified for the Italy Star.
The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France is on 6 June 2014. The commemoration of these landings will be the representative commemoration for all New Zealanders who served in Western Europe in the Second World War, regardless of whether they were involved in the D-Day landings. In order to be eligible to attend the commemorations, veterans must have been a member of the New Zealand Armed Forces at the time of their service, and served on land, in the air over, or in the waters adjacent to Western Europe and have qualifying service for the award of either the 39-45 Star, France and Germany Star, the Air Crew Europe Star or the Atlantic Star.
Under the Government policy for major Second World War commemorations, veterans are only eligible to attend one overseas major commemoration of their service. As such, veterans who attended the Bomber Command and El Alamein commemorations in 2012, and the War in the Pacific commemoration earlier this year, are not eligible to attend either of these overseas commemorations in 2014.
If you would like to register your interest, please contact:
Veterans’ Affairs New Zealand
PO Box 5146
Freephone: 0800 483 8372
Expressions of Interest must be received by 30 September 2013.