Overseas Commemorations

The New Zealand Defence Force, on behalf of the New Zealand Government, plans and delivers overseas military commemorations working with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade and host nations.

Planned commemorations remaining in 2019 include:

  • The 75th anniversary of the Battles of Cassino, Italy, 16-17 May 2019

75th Anniversary of the Battles of Cassino, Italy

The following commemorations are planned to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battles of Cassino. Attendees do not have to register to attend and the services are open to all those wishing to attend.

Thursday 16 May 2019

1230 (UK-led) Commonwealth Service at the Cassino Commonwealth War Cemetery
1730 New Zealand National Commemorative Service, Cassino Commonwealth War Cemetery

Friday 17 May 2019

0630 Dawn service at the Cassino Railway Station, followed by light refreshment at Al Boschetto
1030 New Zealand inter-denominational religious service at the Basilica, Abbey of Montecassino.
Evening Community-led Reconciliation concert, with contributions by all willing countries.


Before you leave your home location you are encouraged to register your travel details on the Safe Travel website. Registration means that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade can keep you updated with travel advisory information, and can contact you and account for your well-being in an emergency.

The Safe Travel website provides travel advice for Italy. It is recommended that all New Zealanders travelling to Italy for the Cassino commemorations monitor this advice.


This page was last reviewed on 12 July 2019.