23 Apr 2013

NZ Veterans of Pacific war head to Noumea for commemorations

10:39 am on 23 April 2013

Some New Zealand servicemen who served in the Pacific during the Second World War are heading to New Caledonia today for commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the Pacific War.

84 veterans, aged between 86 and 96, will attend an ANZAC Day service in Noumea and a service at the Bourail Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery north of the capital on Friday.

New Zealand declared war on Japan the day after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th, 1941.

About 25-thousand New Zealanders served in the Pacific war until the Japanese surrendered in September 1945.

The Bourail Cemetery is the resting place of 235 New Zealand servicemen and memorial to 254 for whom there is no known grave.