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Bomana

Blue sky
green rolling hills stretch
to tranquil mountains.
white clouds in a wide blue sky

So quiet
so peaceful
above the young sleepers
resting beneath each white stone

With each new dawn
their rising suns greet the rising sun
as the days march to eternity

But they will march no more
no more to toil along the muddy track
no more to wonder where their trail will end
it ended here

Thousands
sleeping peacefully
under that clear blue sky
there in their earth beds
beneath each white stone
as I walk the graves
and wonder why

- Anonymous

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“I visited Bomana War Cemetery, not far from the start of the Kokoda Track, in Papua New Guinea in 1973 when I was twenty-one,” wrote the author of the above poem.

“ The peace of the setting and the enormous number of white crosses shocked me with the contrast.

“It was here that I began to grasp the sacrifice made by those who give their lives for their country.”

Bomana War Cemetery, just outside of Port Moresby, respects and honors those who made the supreme sacrifice for their people.

It also serves as a reminder that war kills, not just a few, but many hundreds of thousands, and on both sides.

Bomana – like other war cemeteries in Papua New Guinea – offers an opportunity to create goodwill amongst all the living so that the same tragedies may not be repeated.

It creates strong feelings of sacredness, tranquility, spaciousness, peace and beauty, and is immaculately maintained by devoted staff.

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Bomana is not far from the start of the Kokoda Track.

The peace of the setting and the enormous number of white crosses shocks you with the contrast.

It is here that you begin to grasp the sacrifice made by those who gave their lives for their country.

Bomana commenced in 1942 during the peak of the war in New Guinea.

A driveway lined with shady trees, flowering shrubs and lawns leads from the main gate to the carpark where there is an overall view of the cemetery.

To the left and down a gentle slope are the white headstones guarding the 3, 779 graves of those who died fighting in Papua and on Bouganville.


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Among these are 438 unidentified soldiers of the United Kingdom Forces captured at the fall of Singapore, who died in captivity in the Solomons.

At the far end lies the Remembrance Stone of richly – grained pink sandstone.

Slightly to the right, on a knoll stretching its arms over all the graves, stands the Cross of Sacrifice.

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The Memorial is higher up to the right on top of the hill dominating everything.

A rotunda of cylindrical pillars encloses a circle of square columns. Their inside faces bear bronze panels engraved with over 800 names of men who lost their lives in operations in Papua and who have no known graves.


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The whole area is a scene of bright flowering shrubs, green lawns, shady trees, pink sandstone monuments and white headstones.
Peace and tranquility reign.

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Such a tragedy, so many young lives lost including my Uncle who was buried in the Lae War Cemetery :
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Visitors seen here amongst the many war graves of fallen heroes !
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If you have enjoyed this article and wish to read more about Kokoda / Bomana or other areas of Papua New Guinea, click on the 'search' button top right hand corner and type in for example Kokoda.

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