30 Jan 2010

Veterans to join commemorations at Gallipoli

1:40 pm on 30 January 2010

Veterans are being given the chance to join the official New Zealand contingent at Gallipoli for this year's ANZAC Day commemorations.

The Defence Force is seeking applications, and 22 veterans will be chosen for the official party of MPs, military personnel and students.

This year's ANZAC Day will mark the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings - a campaign which cost the lives of more than 2700 New Zealanders.

The Government says veterans chosen from the ballot will be made up of people who've served in past wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

To be eligible, they must have a direct family link to someone who served in the Gallipoli campaign.

Applications close on 26 February.