‘The Australian army would have been defeated in the Kokoda campaign if they had not...Read More
Category: KOKODA DAY
‘Kokoda Day’ has the potential to rival the commemorative status of Anzac Day in Australia. Most importantly it provides a status of recognition for the Papuan and New Guinea wartime carriers – the unsung heroes of the Pacific War campaigns in Papua and New Guinea from 1942 – 1945.Read More
‘For those who command a desk in distant bureaucratic empires and academia the care and compassion of a Papuan in a remote jungle is something they will never comprehend.
‘But for those who have been carried to safety on a stretcher over that inhospitable terrain, as I have been on two occasions over the past 29 years, their unconditional care and compassion will never be forgotten.‘Read More
Kokoda Day: A Tribute to Papua New Guinea’s Unsung Heroes
The bleached bones of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of nameless PNG wartime carriers lie where they fell in unknown locations in swamps, jungles and formidable mountain ranges during the New Guinea campaigns. To this day we don’t know who they were. We don’t know where they came from. We don’t know where they died. There is no record of their existence. No medals were ever struck to acknowledge their service towards the war effort.
It’s time to honour their sacrifice by providing a Spirit Haus for their souls and a day to commemorate their sacrifice.
Following is a speech delivered by Charlie Lynn, Parliamentary Secretary for Veterans Affairs, at the Anzac Memorial in Sydney to launch the NSW Schools Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the raising of the flag at Kokoda...Read More
UNVEILING OF THE BRONZE STATUE HONOURING THE NEW GUINEA WARTIME CARRIERS by THE HON VICTOR DOMINELLO MP Ladies and Gentlemen, There is no doubt that Kokoda is a pinnacle on that Anzac line of courage and fortitude that runs...Read More