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***aCe*** 25-05-2005 05:26 PM

Isurava Pilgrimage by Colin Taimbari
 
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THE sudden sounds of the bagpiper’s sweet rendition of the all time classic Amazing Grace cut through the chilly mountain air as the crowd of over 300 stood quietly on sacred ground remembering those that sacrificed their lives along the Kokoda Track during World War 2.

Silent tears were dropped as dawn was breaking on April 25 at Isurava Memorial bringing to an end a small but moving Anzac Day remembrance service. As the sun’s first rays reflected off the surrounding mountains, the four pillars of “Courage, Endurance, Mateship and Sacrifice” that capture the spirit of the Kokoda Campaign stood out on the picturesque Isurava plateau and the sacred memorial – curved atop these rugged mountain ranges.

Melbourne based Channel 10 television journalist Paul Kennedy in his news introduction on the dawn service broadcast throughout Australia later that same day said: “Isurava is a paradise cut into a mountain shape. The blood has washed away but the ghosts remain to draw pilgrims from all over Australia”.


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