Media Statement: Local MP to attend ANZAC Day services

Friday, April 15, 2016

Local MP Louise Upston will this year attend the Dawn Service in Tokaanu Turangi & Districts followed by a Civic Ceremony in Tokoroa to commemorate ANZAC Day. 

Last year I was in Tokoroa for the Dawn Parade and I attended the Service Parade and Civic Commemoration in Cambridge. I am committed to attending many events around the electorate each ANZAC Day to pay my respects.

This year, Javan Rose, Taupo Youth MP, will be attending the Taupo Civic service and laying a wreath on my behalf.  

“ANZAC Day is a day of commemoration. It’s a day in which we pay our respects and we remember those fought for us and sacrificed so much to defend our country”, says Ms Upston.

It marks 101 years since the ANZAC’s landed at Gallipoli, the site of New Zealand’s first major battle of World War I with the loss of over 2,700 soldiers. It’s a day where we honour the New Zealanders who showed loyalty, courage, camaraderie, and commitment. They earned the respect of their allies and their adversaries.

“The red poppy symbolises the efforts of the many Kiwis from our region who contributed towards the efforts of our armed forces in Gallipoli. I will be wearing mine with pride” says Ms Upston. 

“Today there are many young servicemen and women who are protecting our country, our security and our freedom. I would like to give thanks to the members of our community in the armed forces who are overseas in the many different locations, and recognise their efforts in helping to build a better more peaceful world”, says Ms Upston.  

I hope many people from our community will take part in an ANZAC service, as we remember those who fought for our freedom, and we remember how lucky we are to call New Zealand home.

ENDS.

Media Contact - Jess van Haarlem Ph: 021 809 393