Bomana cemetery a special place

National, Normal

The National, Friday 26th April 2013

 PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill yesterday said the Bomana War Cemetery has a significant place in the history of Australia and New Zealand. 

“It is also honoured by the people of Papua New Guinea. Always has been, and I believe always will be,” O’Neill said.

He was speaking at yesterday’s dawn service to mark Anzac Day commemorations in Port Moresby. Many ex-servicemen are buried at the cemetery. 

Addressing Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce and guests, O’Neill said her decision to visit PNG, and centre her visit around Anzac Day, and the commemoration of the bravery, sacrifice and service of many thousands of young Australians on our lands, and in our waters, 70 years ago was deeply appreciated by the government and people.

“It is especially appreciated by our own surviving World War Two servicemen, and carriers, and their families,” he said.

“There was probably once a danger that our securing of independence, and the passage of time, might have diminished the importance of the celebration of Anzac Day, and the service and sacrifice by so many of your citizens, in the life of our own young nation.”