O’Neill keen to improve historic sites in PNG
BY GORETHY KENNETH
PAPUA New Guinea will continue to work with its partners to make it possible for more people to visit iconic sites in the country made famous during World War II.
At the same time the Government will increase measures to sustainably manage these important and sacred places. This is from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s address at the ANZAC Day message.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea has commemorated those who died in war and gave everyone an opportunity to offer our gratitude and to thank them for their sacrifice.
“This year is another important milestone as we remember the conflict that took place on our soil 75 years ago,” he said. The Kokoda campaign lasted only four months, but it was some of the most intense fighting of the war.
Kokoda was the most defining battle in Papua and New Guinea during the Second World War and it was not the only one.
“In our commemoration today we also remember fighting that occurred in Milne Bay, Morobe, Madang, Sepik, Manus, East New Britain, Bougainville and other parts of our country.
“Today we pay tribute to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and air women, and to our war carriers and medical orderlies, who took part in these conflicts. “Beyond death on the battlefield, the pain and suffering from the war conflict continues to this day.
“Physical and emotional damage is carried by many veterans for the rest of their lives. While there are not many veterans from the Second World War still with us, we offer our eternal gratitude for their sacrifice. On ANZAC Day, and on our own National Remembrance Day, we will continue to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives in the defence of our freedom.
“The horror of conflict in the Second World War also laid the foundations for the building of relations between our people, and the people of the countries we partner today.
“With us today, and at services around the nation, we have young people from these countries.
They, who have joined us, to pay their respects, and we welcome each and every one of you to PNG.