Media Advisory: Governor-General to visit Papua New Guinea for Anzac Day
19 April 2017

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the New Guinea Campaign, the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), and Lady Cosgrove will lead Australia’s Anzac commemorations in Port Moresby, Isurava, Kokoda and Milne Bay from 24 to 26 April.

On the eve of Anzac Day, the Governor-General will meet with World War II veterans and relatives at Bomana War Cemetery, including the family of the late 75 Squadron Leader John Jackson who was killed during the campaign.

On Anzac Day, the Governor-General will deliver the Dawn Service address at Bomana War Cemetery before meeting with AFP Legacy members trekking to Kokoda. Later, the Governor-General will attend an Anzac Day Ceremony at the Isurava Memorial and a Commemorative Service at the Memorial to Australian Soldiers at Kokoda before meeting with the Kokoda community and trekkers.

On 26 April at Milne Bay, the Governor-General will pay respects on behalf of all Australians at the Milne Bay Memorial, Turnbull Field Memorial and French VC Memorial in memory of the Australians who fought significant battles there 75 years ago.

As part of the visit, Sir Peter will meet with the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Sir Bob Dadae; the Prime Minister, the Hon Peter O’Neill CMG MP; the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Peter Don Pomb Polye; Governor for the Oro Province, the Hon Gary Juffa MP; and Governor for the Milne Bay Province, the Hon Titus Philemon MP. The Governor-General will also preside over a ceremony for Australia Awards scholarship recipients, view a sports diplomacy program, and visit an Australian-supported Health (HIV/AIDS) clinic in Port Moresby.

Details of Governor-General’s program will be made available at www.gg.gov.au. Pool vision from Anzac Day services will be made available by the ABC.

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