A NEW “peace-bell tower” installed outside Honiara International Airport will remind the nation of the Second World War, which was fought here from 1942 to 1945.
That was according to Communication and Aviation minister Commins Mewa.
He was speaking at the official handing over of the peace-bell on Friday, which was donated by the Japan-Solomon Islands Friendship Association.
“The national government is very pleased with this peace-bell,” Mr Mewa said.
“This bell will always remind us of the days of battle on our land from 1942-1945,” he added.
“My ministry would like to thank Japan-Solomon Islands Friendship Association for the donation,” the minister said.
Mr Mewa said the bell signifies peace and that there will be no future war between Japan and America.
Japanese ambassador to Solomon Islands, Kenichi Kimiya, and representatives of Japan-Solomon Islands Friendship Association were also present during the ceremony.
Mr Kimiya said he was happy to establish the peace -bell tower.
“In 2005, which is10 years ago, the Japan-solomon Islands Friendship Association donated this peace-bell to the government of Solomon Islands for desiring the eternal peace,” Mr Kimiya said.
He added the peace-bell will remind the people that Japan is already at peace with America and the entire world.
The peace-bell monument reads:
“Wish for eternal peace, may your noble soul rest in peace.”
By LESLEY SANGA