The two New Zealand soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been thanked for their ultimate service to our country.
Lance Corporals Rory Malone and Pralli Durrer have been farewelled in front of a congregation of around 600 at the Burnham Military Camp this afternoon.
The coffins of the two men were lead out of the hall to a rousing haka from their comrades.
During the service, Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae recognised the service and sacrifice they gave.
"On behalf of all New Zealander's, I extend deep and heart felt appreciation for your loyal and honourable service to our country. You both stood for peace in a country so afflicted by war."
The Chief of the Defence Force paid tribute to the two New Zealand soldiers.
Lieutenant General Rhys Jones concluded this afternoon's service.
Lieutenant General Jones told the congregation the men died honouring the ethics of the military.
"The core ones to that is we can no longer walk by when there are people in need. We have to reach out and help the weak and the needy, and the young who can't help themselves. These two died by those ethics and values."
The bodies of the 26 year olds have now been returned to their families, who are holding private funerals.
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