by Serah Aupong – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Former PNGDF Commander Major General, Jerry Singirok, was present at the funeral ceremony of the three soldiers who died on Bougainville during the conflict.
The soldiers died while Major General Singirok was commander of the Defence Force.
While commending all who worked hard to return the remains of the soldiers to their families, he called on the Government to give soldiers due recognition for their service to the nation.
“The government needs to recognise the efforts of soldiers and declare Bougainville as a military exercise. We need to strike a campaign medal. We need to recognise heroic acts by soldiers. We need to recognise posthumous, those who have been killed, and those still living.”
The two star Major General said the Vanuatu campaign is one where soldiers are least recognised.
He says they need to be honoured for their bravery in bringing peace to a neighbouring Melanesia country.