On August 7, the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal was commemorated in Honiara. We were invited to be part of the festivities by Keithie Saunders, the US consular agent. We arrived at the US Memorial as the sun was coming up. It was beautiful!
Many branches of the military were represented. It was a very patriotic day. We were so honored to be part of this solemn occasion to honor those who fought and died here on Guadalcanal in WWII.
The Marine band played during the commemoration.
One of the few Solomon Island Scouts still alive, who attended the ceremony.
Teddy Taylor, the US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
Many of the military spoke about the battles that occurred all around the memorial site and near our house which is just 1 1/2 miles behind the speaker.
John Innes is the foremost authority on the history of the battles here on Guadalcanal that began on the 7th of August 1942 and lasted until the end of January 1943.
One of the living Solomon Island Scouts being recognized for his service in the War
Laying of the wreaths.
Solomon Island Scouts
This Scout is 101 years old
Scout who helped rescue Pres. John F. Kennedy
close to Gizo
close to Gizo
Prime Minister Gordon Lilo helping Solomon Island Scout to his seat.
Still later in the morning we attended the dedication of a plaque honoring Douglas Munro. He was a Coast Gaurdsman who was killed in the battle for Guadalcanal. Our new friend and LDS Coast Guardsman, Adam Olson, gave the dedicatory speach at the Yacht Club where the plaque is located.
We were honored to have our picture taken with these brave Solomon Island Scouts
What a great day we enjoyed on the 70th year commoration of the Battle of Guadalcanal