August 17, 2022
Solomon Islands to mark 80 years of WWII Battle of Guadalcanal- BPN TODAY

Solomon Islands to mark 80 years of WWII Battle of Guadalcanal

Minister of Defence Peeni Henare is leading the New Zealand delegation along with secretary of defence Andrew Bridgman and the Commander of the Joint Forces Rear Admiral James Gilmour.

The New Zealand High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Jonathan Schwass said New Zealanders from the army, air force and navy “served with distinction in the Solomon Islands between 1942 and 1945”.

“As WWII starts to slip beyond living memory, it is important that we continue to honour people of all nationalities who served and who died here.”

He said the remembrance ceremonies being organised this weekend showed that they were not forgotten.

A series of commemoration events start on 7 August.

Schwass said they were a reminder that the ties between New Zealand and Solomon Islands went back far into the past.

Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal.

Marines rest in the field on Guadalcanal. Photo: WikiCommons

Solomon Scouts and CoastWatchers Trust chair Sir Bruce Saunders said filming the stories of those who served the US Marine Forces when they landed on Guadalcanal on 7 August 1942 was under way.

He said Solomon Islands students did not know their own history and he hoped to change that.

More than 25,000 soldiers died in the battle including dozens of Solomon Islanders.

Sir Bruce said the stories of their grandfathers and their role in saving their country needed to be passed down.

 
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