Honouring those who fought on the Kokoda Track
AS ANOTHER Australia Day approaches, we again go through the same divisions that have held a united Australia back for far too long.
As a democratic country I respect that everyone is entitled to their opinion but one thing I’ll never agree on is to call Australia Day “Invasion Day”.
To me invasion day was when the Japanese Imperial Army stood on a hill on the Kokoda Track and saw the lights of Port Moresby, which was the gateway to Australia. From there they were pushed back for the first time by an Australian army of black, white and many descendants from many countries who had been prepared to defend their homeland with their lives if necessary.
Thanks to the courage and sacrifice of these Australians the Japanese never reached our shores.
I believe that spirit still lives in our country and it should never be disrespected by race, creed or colour. Col Goltz Emu Park
AUSTRALIA DAY: Bob and Barb Hawkes at The Great Australia Day Beach Party on Yeppoon Main Beach last year.