3 Jul 2013

Plaques in Parliament honour Defence operations

10:37 pm on 3 July 2013

Parliament has unveiled three commemorative plaques to honour Defence Force operations in Afghanistan, East Timor and other countries.

The unveiling in Parliament's debating chamber.

The unveiling in Parliament's debating chamber. Photo: RNZ

The plaques are the first to be added to the debating chamber since the 1990s, when memorials for wars in Malaysia and Vietnam were put up.

They acknowledge the 20,000 New Zealanders who have served in missions in more than 40 countries since the 1950s.

They also pay tribute to the 10 New Zealanders who lost their lives in Afghanistan, five in East Timor, one in Kuwait and one in Bosnia.

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman said the plaques serve as a solemn reminder to Parliament of the gravity of the decisions made by successive governments to deploy troops.