By Stanley Ove Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
A World War II memorial plaque was unveiled yesterday (July 23) in Naduri Village in Central Province to honour the late Ovoru Idiki, a carrier during the Kokoda Battle.
In a small but significant event, the plaque was revealed by members of the Defense Force and IPI Group of Companies CEO Scott O’Reilly.
Donated by IPI, Mr O’Reilly described the plaque as a common ground for trekkers and the community to honour late Ovoru.
“Its a place for trekkers and the community to come and honour the Late Ovoru,” O’Reilly said.
Naduri sits at the feet of the Owen Stanley Range and borders the Northern Province. It is one of many campsite villages for trekkers walking the Kokoda Track.
Late Ovoru was the only Fuzzy Wuzzy in his village, and he attracted many trekkers who came to Naduri to listen to his stories.
“Every year we see hundreds of trekkers coming to Naduri just to see my father and listen to his stories. He had many great stories to tell and my family and I are happy to have a memorial plaque built in his honour,” said late Ovuru’s son Joel.