I was just reading the article of the War Memorial Plague placed at Niarovai Village. Its was lovely to see the NZ High Commission for SI and the NZ Defence Force to be able come together with the community and my people of Niarovai Village to Commemorate those who have lost their lives during the WWII battle on our homeland Vella La Vella Island, Solomon Islands.
I am from Maravari Village where my father helped to burry all the NZ Armies and USA Armies who died during WWII at the buriel area which is called Qoluku Point, and after the war the NZ Govt sent its Naval ships to come and collect all who have laid to rest there. Again my father was helping removing the bones to be taken back to NZ and USA. My dad have told me lots about NZ Armies and USA Armies that were helping our people during the WWII. Now the cemetary at Qoluku Point, Maravari is used as a soccer field but you can see it today that its not smooth but the children still use it for soccer field. My village is further from Maravari which is now called Gorevaha Village but during the WWII its was called Pusinau, and that is the main base of the USA Armies and again my father was working along with the NZ commander and USA commander at that time as he was a Missionary for Methodist mission from Vonunu, and had to fled into the jungles and were based up in a mountain at Sipulo above Maravari village. So WWII is history to me and other people of South East Vella. We have lots of memories of the WWII and without USA Armies and NZ Armies our parents and grandparents would be all wiped out.
I would like to thank you NZ Armies and USA Armies for protecting our parents, grandparents, families and the villages as a whole. We will always remember those War Soldiers who have served for their country and lost their lives in our soils. May they Rest in Peace with God and Peace be with them.
Comment by Janet Butler (nee Nonipitu) — November 12, 2012 @ 12:19 am