Remembrance Day

Sir Michael Ogio reiterates message of old – ‘Lest We Forget’

Governor General Sir Michael said it is always a great honour and privilege to commemorate  Remembrance Day with the rest of Papua New Guinea in memory of the forefather's who had fought and the sacrifices they made during in WWII.

Dawn Service at Ela Beach

Today is a public holiday in Papua New Guinea, commemorating Remembrance Day.

In a small but moving dawn service hosted by the First Royal Pacific Islands Regiment, Commanding Officer, Lt Col Edison Napyo called for reverence and from soldiers and respect for the sacrifice made by soldiers before them.

He highlighted military campaigns on Bougainville and Vanuatu and called on soldiers to be inspired by the spirit of camaraderie.

New Ireland set for 'New Ireland Day'

Previous celebrations to mark New Ireland Day coincided with Remembrance Day but this is the first time, the day will be observed as a public holiday within the province.

The Provincial Executive Council passed a decision for the Declaration of New Ireland Day, on the 27th of July every year as a public holiday.

New Ireland Day celebrates the first time in 1977 that the New Ireland Provincial Assembly met upon receiving the Provincial Government Charter. 

Tomorrow we remember our heroes

But despite it being a welcome break from work and school, last year’s parade host for the Remembrance Day celebrations, PNGDF Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo, is calling on citizens to take time out and pay homage to the heroes that make tomorrow possible.

Last year while the Commander expressed disappointment at the lack of fanfare and awareness on such national holidays, this year he says that it’s up to each and every one of us to carry the story of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and be brave as citizens of this great thriving independent state.