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July 28, 2021
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Late Moide Laid to Rest

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Retired sergeant late, Ben Moide, was given a state funeral in Port Moresby today.

 

The last surviving war hero passed away on the 30th of December last year.

 

His funeral today was attended by hundreds including important representatives from both Australian and PNG government.

 

The state funeral was held at the Sione Kami memorial church.

 

Notable persons in attendance were Health Minister, Michael Malabag, PNGDF Commander Colonel, Gilbert Toropo, former PNGDF Commander, Brigadier General Francis Agwi, and senior members of the disciplinary forces.

 

The Australian government was represented by Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Deborah Stokes.

 

Australia paid its respect to the last veteran for the part he played in fighting alongside Australians in the second world war.

 

One of the late Moide’s grandsons recited a poem for a final farewell to the war veteran.

 

Immediate family members, relatives and dignitaries paid their last respects to the retired sergeant who served in the Papuan Infantry Battalion during the Kokoda campaign of World War 2.

 

After the blessing of the casket, the casket bearers marched on with the casket to the waiting ambulance, led by the PNGDF pipers.

 

The Late Moide’s body was taken to its final resting place at the Taurama Barracks Cemetery.

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