The New Zealand Mounted Rifles Trust contingent was invited to tour Australia in the run-up to ANZAC Day. (Source:1 NEWS)
A group of partiotic Kiwis have travelled to Australia in the lead-up to Anzac Day, to remind Australians of the ‘NZ’ part of ANZAC.
Terry Kind of the New Zealand Mount Rifles Trust contingent in Canberra said it was “one of my proudest moments of my lifetime”. “And I’m 65.”
The group of four New Zealanders, joined by several others have been doing a tour in Australia for ANZAC commemorations after they were invited over by a returned services group for a special reason.
Steve Youll of Snowy River RSL said they decided they should “put the NZ back in Anzac”, after he travelled to New Zealand and got a bit of a shock.
“I was pretty embarrassed because the Kiwis really do emphasise the duality of ANZAC. Wherever you go at airports and shopping malls there’s crossed flags, New Zealand and Australian flags, and we don’t do that in Australia,” he said.
They believe this is the first New Zealand Mounted Rifle group invited across the Tasman.
“I think there is a resurgence of the whole ANZAC commemoration, so it just seemed appropriate that the resurgence included proper recognition of the New Zealand involvement,” Mr Youll said.
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