In a fitting tribute to decades of tireless community support, the organisers of Cardwell’s annual Battle of the Coral Service memorial service have received Federal Government funding to install a commemorative sign at the gate entrance to the Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park.
Northern-based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said he was thrilled that the $9,404 grant, awarded to event organisers Anne Mealing and Noelene Byrne, on behalf of Cassowary Coast Regional Council, was announced in front of a packed crowd at this year’s 75th anniversary commemorations at the weekend.
“The Cardwell community, proudly led by Anne and Noelene, have been faithfully honouring the anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea for many years now, and this year’s 75th anniversary was the culmination of hundreds of hours of dedicated organisation and meticulous planning,” Senator Macdonald said.
“It was truly heartening to see all their hard work recognised, not only by the Minister for Veterans Affairs, the Hon Dan Tehan, who announced the grant at the weekend, but by the community at large.”
Senator Macdonald said the commemorative sign will serve as a constant mark of respect to those who fought in what was to become one of the most critical battles of World War Two.
“As a regular visitor to Cardwell’s annual commemorations, over the years I’ve seen first-hand the impressive display of pride and honour on show, as well as the many hours of hard work that goes on behind the scenes every year.
“This new sign is a wonderful mark of respect that will not only ensure that the sacrifice of so many is never forgotten, but also that the community’s enduring efforts are recognised.”