• an Anzac Dawn Service at Owers Corner; a showcase of PNG culture along Ela Beach; a sunset ‘Beating-of-the-Retreat’ at Bomana War Cemetery followed by a 7-day Pacific War Cruise to each of the significant coastal/island battlesites.
  • a joint Anzac Dawn Service at Bomana War Cemetery with PNG students carrying stretchers out of the dawn mist through rows of polished marble headstones towards the Cross of Sacrifice to the beat of traditional kundu drums. Stretchers symbolizing the sacrifice of the legendary ‘fuzzy-wuzzy angels’ would then be laid gently on the ground while they formed a catafalque party around each one for the duration of the service. It would put goosebumps on the nation.
  • an annual ‘Kokoda Day’ service to commemorate the raising of the Australian flag on the Kokoda plateau on 3rd November each year along with traditional Koiari and Orokaiva sing-sings and cultural dances.
  1. Disband the current Kokoda Track (Special Purpose) Authority;
  2. Transfer legal responsibility for the Kokoda Trail from the Minister for Provincial and Local Level Government to the Minister for Tourism, Arts, and Culture;
  3. Approve the establishment of a Kokoda Trail Management Authority;
  4. Support the establishment of a Joint Agreement for Pilgrimage Tourism with Australia; and
  5. Proclaim ‘Kokoda Day’ as a National Day of Commemoration.

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[i] Michael Pender, Military Heritage Architect, HPA Projects

[ii] Pilgrimages: Journeys of Meaning. Peter Stanford. Thames & Hudson

[iii] The Camino de Santiago is a Christian pilgrimage in Spain that roughly 350,000 people complete every year. The pilgrimage has a long history going back to the 8th century.

[iv] Parliament of a Thousand Tribes. Osmar White. London : Heinemann, 1965

[v] ‘Indifference, Brett Caldwell. https://www.griffithreview.com/articles/indifference/