NEW EFFORT TO PROTECT WWII MONUMENTS IN SOLOMONS

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, April 17) - A spokesman for a
newly-formed organization set up to protect World War II monuments in and around
the Solomon islands capital, Honiara, says these historic sites will soon have
24-hour protection.

Masao Yamagata said the monuments erected by Japanese and
American veterans will be watched over by the group’s youth members.

Funds will be sought to fence the sites, which Yamagata said
attract thousands of tourists to the country every year.

Many of those visitors are veterans or their relatives who come
to pay homage to those who died during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Twenty thousand Japanese and 5,000 Americans lost their lives in
the fierce fighting for control of the island.

April 18, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com 

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