24 Nov 2012

NZ to send 30 vets to Korean War anniversary

2:53 pm on 24 November 2012

The New Zealand Government will pay for up to 30 Korean War veterans to attend the 60th anniversary commemorations of the Korean War Armistice in July next year.

About 6000 New Zealanders served in the Korean War and 45 lost their lives in the seven years New Zealand was involved in the conflict.

Veterans Affairs Minister Nathan Guy said the commemorations will be a chance for veterans to pay tribute to their fellow servicemen and women, and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

He said all expenses will be paid for those chosen to attend, including medical care.

A commemoration in New Zealand will also be held for those unable to attend events in Korea.