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Trump pays tribute to battle in our backyard

The President of United States of America Donald Trump personally paid tribute to the Cassowary Coast’s Battle of the Coral Sea commemoration at the weekend.

US Naval Attaché to Australia Captain Tony De Frias delivered the personal message from President Trump which spoke about the remembrance and reflected upon the 76th Commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

"We remember those brave souls who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and honour the memory of the thousands who fought in this critical battle that laid the foundation of the eventual allied victory in World War II," Trump’s message conveyed.

President Trump also stated that seventy-six years after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States and Australia remain committed to common values and still share an extraordinary bond of friendship.

The 76th commemoration of the Battle of the Coral Sea, held on Sunday 6 May, was hailed a success by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council and volunteer organisations who helped make the event possible.

Cassowary Coast Regional Councillor, Glenn Raleigh said there were more than 150 people who joined the march and included ex-service men and women, community figures and school children.

"Over 400 people attended the event itself, with people laying wreaths in remembrance," said Cr Raleigh.

"It was a great day had by all and I would like to thank CCRC Council officers and the volunteer groups for being the driving force in the community who ensured the day went without a hitch."

The Battle of the Coral Sea Commemoration as an annual event t remembers a naval battle that marks the first defeat of Japanese forces during the Second World War. It was also the first joint military action carried out by Australian and United States forces.