Hundreds gathered this morning at the Bomana War Cemetery in Port Moresby, to commemorate the ANZAC Day.
Amongst guests, were Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, Australian High Commissioner, Deborah Stokes, Australian Government representative, Ewen Jones, and disciplinary forces from New Zealand, Australia and PNG.
This year’s ANZAC Day marks the 99th Anniversary of the landing on the beaches of Gallipoli, Turkey. Significantly, the battles fought in Kokoda and Rabaul forged the bond between Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea forces.
Australian MP, Ewen Jones, spoke on behalf of the Australian Government, embracing all the hostilities that ended the wars for freedom, and thanked Papua New Guinean’s who were of great assistance to the wounded allies.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, in his tribute, said the past has paved the future for nations to come together as a larger community. He also embraced local heroes in the battles of Kokoda, Salamaua in Morobe, and Bitapaka, in East New Britain.
The public, including relatives of war heroes, then visited the grave sites to pay their respects and salute the fallen heroes.
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