Bomana War Cemetary, Port Moresby 2008

Today we attended the dawn service organised by Mr Paul Lepou, Supt. Murray Lewis and the NZ police contingent in Hutjena, Buka. With Australians, New Zealanders, Bougainvilleans and a number of others, the morning was a quiet, solemn event. Brief, and without artifice. I have to commend Paul and the NZ crew for their efforts.

The breakfast that followed was a wonderful event, with everyone mingling over on the great deck at the Kiwi house.

It was great to mark the occasion here in Buka. After a recent (brief) visit to Torokina, it felt good. My great uncle Don Knox had been stationed in Torokina during WWII, and I had marched for him in Millaa Millaa one year when he was still alive. I am lucky to have been given his medals and record of service by my great aunt Barbara. So this morning tied a few things together.

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