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CPA UK delegation honours Coast Watchers monument

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Head of delegation Rt Hon. Baroness Ann Taylor of Bolton laid a wreath at the Scouts monument at Commonwealth st.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association of the UK branch delegates showed their honour and respect to the Solomon Scouts.

In a joint statement with National Parliament and US Embassy office in Honiara says the delegation laid the wreath prior to their visit to the US monument at Skyline Ridge and the Japanese War Monument on Mount Austin on the morning of Saturday the 16th February.

Head of delegation Rt Hon. Baroness Ann Taylor of Bolton said: “In grateful memory, rest in peace. All members and staff, Houses of Parliament, United Kingdom.”

The statement said Hon Taylor told Parliament Media they were pleased to be able to visit the site although quite a number of people her age fully understand the significance of the sites and of what happened.

 “It is extremely important to also actually explain to people, especially to the younger generations, what had happened in the past.

“So it’s very good to be able to come and see these and the new monument on Commonwealth Street which actually recognises the role of Solomon Islanders in working with allied forces.

“I think it’s very important that we should recognise that and please to see it in such good condition,” she said.

The Solomon Scouts and Coast Watchers Monument recognises the role of Solomon Islanders who worked with allied forces during World War II as Coast Watchers on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.

Erected on a base,  two to three metres high,  at the seaward end of Commonwealth Street in the Point Cruz section of the Solomons capital of Honiara, the cement-and-wire-mesh group comprising three Solomon Scouts supporting the Coastwatcher  will forever remind all Solomon Islanders of  the pivotal role the Coastwatchers and Solomon Scouts played in building the Nation – Solomon Islands.  

The Second World War came to the Solomon Islands in May of 1942 when Japanese forces landed in Tulagi.

From then until the close of “The Big Death”, Coastwatchers and Solomons Scouts reported the movements and disposition of Japanese ships, personnel and munitions; staged hit-and-run raids on Japanese troops; rescued Allied pilots, sailors (including John F. Kennedy) and civilians—in short, their efforts turned the tide of the war in the Pacific.

This is something that everyone in the Solomon Islands should be very proud about. 

By Elliot Dawea