New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

Kiwi veterans re-visit Korea with Prime Minister for Armistice Commemorations

New Zealand veterans at the Kapyong Memorial on 26 July.

Thirty three New Zealand veterans of the Korean War joined Prime Minister John Key in Korea to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. The veterans’ visited Korea 24-30 July, led by Minister of Veterans Affairs Michael Woodhouse, and joined by Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force Rhys Jones.  

President Park hosted the main commemoration ceremony at the National War Memorial in Seoul on 27 July, and expressed South Korea’s deep gratitude to the veterans. Speaking on behalf of the UN nations that sent troops during the Korean War, Prime Minister Key said that the selflessness and courage of the veterans would never be forgotten.

While in Korea, the Prime Minister and veterans’ delegation also attended ceremonies held at the Republic of Korea National Cemetery, Seoul and a combined Service of Remembrance in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Busan. The veterans joined Australian colleagues for an Anzac commemorative service held at the Kapyong Memorial on 26 July.

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