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January 25, 2021

39th Remembrance Day

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Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, said we must teach our history to our children, so they must not forget the sacrifice our ancestors made during World War Two.

He said their sacrifice during the war, paved the way for the friendship we enjoy with other countries today.


The Governor General made these remarks during the 39th Remembrance Day memorial service, held in Port Moresby today.


Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the first engagement by PNG and Australian forces, against the invading Japanese forces in World War two.


It was on this day, in 1942, that Japanese troops landed on the Northern coast of New Guinea, with the intention of capturing Port Moresby.


However, the combined effort by outnumbered Australian Forces, and the native Papua New Guineans stopped the Japanese advancement, making Kokoda a significant track in the war’s history.


Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, said it was on this day, the natives fired the first shot.


Mr Ogio said it was their service that have bound us into strong relationships with Australia and other nations who fought in the war.


The Governor General and other dignitaries paid their respects for the fallen PNG soldiers.


Hundreds of young Australian soldiers, who died during the second World War, now lie buried here in the Bomana War cemetery, outside Port Moresby.


The Government has marked July 23rd, as a national public holiday to commemorate the local soldiers, carriers and guides who fought and died, during the war.


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