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Darwin Diggers to be Remembered

November 14th, 2011 by Steve Terjeson

14 Nov

Darwin diggers to be remembered
Thursday, 10 November 2011

This Remembrance Day the people of Darwin will stop to remember those that lost their lives in the Bombing of Darwin.

Next February marks 70 years since Australia was attacked by enemy forces at the northern outpost on 19 February 1942, the first of many raids that would fall on the Top End over 21 months.

“It was the first time that Australia was threatened, directly threatened,” Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce said.

“It showed us that war isn’t only about soldiers, that it’s about civilians and it’s about families. Its significance can be seen, I think, as the beginning of our alliance with the United States.

“It’s when Australia learnt that we had to fend for ourselves, be able to stand up for ourselves and to protect ourselves,” Ms Bryce said.

More than 240 Australian soldiers and civilians lost their lives in the raids, as well as many Americans, who were on the USS Peary as it went down in Darwin Harbour.

US Ambassador Jeffery Bleich last week told the ABC President Obama will remember those who fell during the Bombing of Darwin when he visits on 17 November.

Mr Bleich said Australia and America both made great sacrifices in Darwin and its harbour, and that the President wants to honour that memory.

Darwin City Council Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer said it’s really important that we remember.

“Not only for the recognition of the people who gave their lives and made huge commitments to the defence of Australia, but also so that we learn lessons from the past,” he said.

Darwin City Council will hold a two-week program of events, called Frontline Australia, from 11 to 26 February 2012, commemorating the Bombing of Darwin and lives lost.

Visit www.frontlineaustralia.com.au for details.


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  1. Simeon HopeNo Gravatar

    January 6, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Although I’m not a native, I can see the significance of this date to Australians. From this period, war began to be about civilians as much as professional soldiers.

     
  2. Larry MallonNo Gravatar

    February 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I am posting this for my friend Larry Mallon, who recommends the movie The Last Bastion, which covers part of this topic. Larry is a WWII vet, who is not especially net savy but wanted me to post this for him.

     
  3. Greg McCleanNo Gravatar

    March 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    It’s really important to remember those who have fallen and if you don’t remember them then it was not important for them to be there which means they gave their lives needlessly. We all know this is not true remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who have fought for what they believed in.

     
  4. peterNo Gravatar

    August 10, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    I agree to the blog and other bloggers. Australia was so threatened, they painted cangaroose on there tanks so they could tell them apart from Japanese tanks in the event of invasion. If we had not won the battle of the coral sea I think Australia might look a little different and might even b flying the Japanese flag. All lives given in world war II were Needed to win. My hat goes off to all the people that were in the war, period

     
  5. Benjamin RaucherNo Gravatar

    September 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Australia had a small population and a giant territory to protect. Had the Japanese themselves not been so overstretched perhaps Australia would have fallen. Victories thereafter in New Guinea thoroughly dissuaded the Japanese from any further advances into Australia.

    BENJAMIN MARCUS RAUCHER