Battle Of Guadalcanal Commemoration
Battle Of Guadalcanal Commemoration
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David
Feeney, today attended a memorial service in Solomon Islands
to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the
Battle of Guadalcanal.
Held at the United States War
Memorial, the service honoured the Guadalcanal campaign,
fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943, on and
near the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
Laying a wreath on behalf of the Government and people
of Australia, Senator Feeney said he was honoured to
participate in the service.
“The Battle of
Guadalcanal was a decisive battle and it’s a tremendous
honour to be here with a number of veterans and
representatives from other nations,” he said.
While in Solomon Islands, Senator Feeney will also meet
with Government officials from Solomon Islands, New Zealand
and the United States.
“My thanks to the
Government of Solomon Islands for hosting the Australian
delegation and also to the United States for hosting this
“This visit is an important chance
for Australia to confirm our enduring commitment to
bilateral Defence cooperation with Solomon Islands.
“Meeting with representatives from Solomon Islands,
New Zealand and the US will give us an opportunity to
discuss and explore the future and the gradual transition of
the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands
(RAMSI),” Senator Feeney said.
Senator Feeney will
also attend a memorial service on 9 August 2012 to honour
the loss of HMAS Canberra along with eighty-four of
her crew, including the ship’s commanding officer, Captain
Frank Getting, RAN.
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