An Inaugural Dawn Service which was initiated by the Member for Ijivitari, Richard Masere was held at Buna village beachside in Northern Province recently to commemorate Remembrance Day.
The ceremony saw a number of ex-service men coming forward to lay wreaths in a show of respect for all the fallen heroes.
During his keynote address, Mr Masere made an announcement in that the villages along the Northern beach head, will now have access to better infrastructure similar to what Kokoda has at present.
“We will use this to our advantage to develop a tourism prospect which will attract tourists to this forgotten part of the World War 2 impact areas,” said Masere.
The Dawn Service at Buna Memorial has been hailed a success with the announcement of the Kokoda Initiative Development to support war affected areas along the Northern beach head, through impact development programs.
Northern Beach Head areas include Sananada, Killerton, Gona and the Sauga grassland areas.
A tourism prospect will be developed to attract tourists to this part of the of the world.
Buna and the Northern Beaches of Northern Province had been neglected over the years during Remembrance Day celebrations despite their significance and their rich history during the World War 2.
Buna was labeled as the ‘Bloody Buna’ after the battle of Buna which was part of the Niugini campaign in the Pacific during World War 2.
The Bloody Buna battle began in July 1942 and was won by General Douglas McAuthur and the Allied Forces in January 1943.