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75th Anniversary Events Battle of the Coral Sea

The Cassowary Coast is preparing for hundreds of visitors and a weekend of events to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea this month.

The Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park Committee and the Cassowary Coast Regional Council are hosting the events at Cardwell - one of the closest coastal areas to a significant air and naval battle between the Japanese and Allied forces.  The battle blocked the Japanese just 800km from the coast of Australia and was a turning point in the war in the Pacific.

Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos said Council was working in partnership with the community to stage a weekend of events on 29-30 April.

"Cardwell has a significant war memorial in Australia - the Coral Sea Memorial Park where we commemorate the Battle of the Coral Sea as well as many other servicemen and women who lost their lives in conflict over the years,'' Mayor Kremastos said. 

"It is fitting that the Coral Sea Memorial Park is one of just three locations in Australia where commemoration events are staged to mark the Battle of the Coral Sea.  We are expecting a large contingency at this year's 75th anniversary event."

Events on the weekend include a cocktail party featuring music by the Royal Australian Navy Brass Quintet and United States Navy Pacific Fleet Band, the commemoration parade and flyover, and a public 'Lunch and Music in the Park'.

Mayor Kremastos said Council was working with many organisations and thanked them for their support of the event.

"It is great to see everyone coming together to stage this event and to welcome visitors to Cardwell and to our region as a whole,'' Mayor Kremastos said.

Battle of the Coral Sea details:
The Battle of the Coral Sea took place on 4-8 May 1942 at a critical stage of World War II. It was the first naval battle in history where ships did not sight each other or exchange a shot, with all the action taking place in the air. The battle marked the first defeat of the Japanese forces in the war and was the first joint military action between Australia and United States forces.

Event details:
Saturday 29 April: Cocktail Party, 7pm-midnight, Cardwell Community Hall, Brasenose St.
Music by the Royal Australian Navy Brass Quintet and United States Navy Pacific Fleet Band. Supper provided, prizes & a bar. Tickets: Pre-sale recommended: Cardwell Library, Tully Civic Centre, Innisfail Shire Hall. $30 adults, $10 secondary students, $5 primary school students. Tickets at the door: Adults $35.

Sunday 30 April: Commemoration 10am for a 10.30am start at the Coral Sea Memorial Park, Coral Sea Drive, Cardwell. Parade assembles at White St. 10.45am Service in the park & flyover.

Sunday 30 April: Lunch and Music in the Park. Cardwell Lions barbecue lunch, Cardwell RSL Bar. Music by the Royal Australian Navy Brass Quintet and United States Navy Pacific Fleet Band.

There will also be a military display at the Cardwell Historical Museum, pig on the spit at the Cardwell Coastguard on Saturday night and Cardwell RSL, Roma St, open for lunch on Sunday.

'Better Together'

ENDS

Posted 12 April 2017