AMERICAN MILITARY MEMORIAL PLANNED FOR BORA BORA

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, July 31) – The project of a WWII American GI memory hall in Bora Bora (Leeward Islands) was discussed during Cabinet meeting on Wednesday in Papeete. The remembrance of GI is still hovering over the island.

"Stimulation of Tourism sector is a multi facetted challenge. One of these facets concerns visitor activities which because they are original must become the main attractions for tourists. The building of a memory hall in remembrance of American military bases in Bora Bora during WWII is part of our policy", stated the Cabinet in a press release.

The release reads on: "it is a fact that a great number of American tourists visit Bora Bora. For many of them, the mythical island belongs to family history as their grandfathers or uncles were posted during WWII to the American military base where the first airdrome in the country was built. The memory hall would take visitors back to the atmosphere of the 40's, fortunately no battles took place on our soil but there are material marks of that time and many fair headed descendants".

Government asks people of Bora Bora to take full part in this project: "services and contributions of the inhabitants are much needed to make the memory hall a success: testimonies, photographs, films. We can make use of anything that can revive the imagery of the American base".

In order to put this project quickly into effect, Vice President and Ministry for Tourism, Jacqui Drollet is looking for a cultural consultant to carry out a feasibility study.

Monday, August 1, 2005

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