RNZRSA Vice President Bob Hill pays his respects
RNZRSA commemorated the 66th anniversary of the start of the Korean War at the Hall of Memories at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on 24 June.
Attendees included Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae GMNZ QSO, Lt Gen Tim Keating MNZM, Korean Ambassador Hae-Yong Kim and other dignitaries.
RNZRSA National Vice-President Bob “Bukit” Hill laid a wreath on behalf of the RSA.
About 6000 New Zealanders served and fought for the Korean Peninsula from 1950 to 1957, as part of the UN forces. Of the Kiwis, 4700 were Army members of “Kay Force”, while 1300 served on the six Royal New Zealand Navy frigates deployed to the conflict. In total, 45 New Zealand service personnel died, while two other New Zealanders died while serving for Australian forces.
During the war, the New Zealand Artillery fired more than 750,000 shells, most of which were fired at Chinese positions during the two-year-long armistice talks between July 1951 and July 1953.
Though the armistice signed on 27 July 1953 brought an end to the war, no peace settlement was reached. The demilitarised zone separating the communist North and the democratic South remains one of the most heavily-fortified borders in the world.