Anzac Day is a time for reflection for two Gore residents who have served their country in the New Zealand Army.
Former corporal Haleigh Glass spent 12 years in the army including two deployments overseas in the Solomon Islands and Iraq.
Former lance corporal Cameron Taylor took part in a deployment to Afghanistan during a six-year stint in the army.
Ms Glass said commemorating Anzac Day was important to her.
“Anzac Day is obviously very special having served overseas and I lost a friend overseas.
“It’s stopping and reflecting,” Ms Glass said.
Anzac Day was also a good time to catch up with army friends.
” When you have friends in the army you have friends for life, like they become your family because they’re the only ones who know.”
The former Gore High School pupil joined the army straight after school and was trained in administration and signals. She enjoyed her time in the army.
“I loved it, 100%.
“I was very fortunate that I was able to serve overseas as well.”
Being deployed overseas was a challenging experience.
“It obviously takes you out of your comfort zone and it kind of opens your eyes to the big wide world.
“It’s not easy because you are stuck in a certain environment.
“It’s all you know, basically.
“You can’t tell people at home what you are doing.”
Mr Taylor said Anzac Day for him was important as a day of remembrance.
“A national day where we thank, commemorate and reflect on the brave New Zealand and Australian men and women who went and fought and served in Gallipoli and some of whom paid the ultimate price,” Mr Taylor said.
Another aspect of Anzac Day which was important to him was catching up with friends with whom he had served and had not seen for a while.
“All through New Zealand’s history, service people have brought home physical and mental injuries and it’s a good time to check on people.”
After completing his basic training Mr Taylor trained as a mechanic and in Afghanistan was often in the battle zone.
“You go out with patrols and fix vehicles in potentially dangerous places.”
He enjoyed serving in a foreign country but it was very challenging.
“You go though a lot of emotions – being away from home, being on foreign soil.”
He never regretted serving in the army.
“It is probably one of the proudest moments of my life thus far with the exception of getting married and having kids.”