Battle of Coral Sea 75 year milestone

Veteran Lexington

Photo courtesy Felix Reitano, Ingham.

A MOVING Commemorative Service on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea was held in Cardwell on Sunday, April 30, 2017, with a large crowd in attendance at Coral Sea Park.

Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, said he was delighted to see a large crowd of locals and visitors gather in Cardwell to show their respect and mark the important 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

“It has an honour to have senior US diplomats James Carouso and Valerie Fowler in attendance, along with 93-year-old USS Lexington and Coral Sea battle veteran, Cecil Wiswell (pictured)” he said.

“A special mention must be made of Anne Mealing and Noeline Byrne, who have both made such a significant and long term commitment to this annual memorial service in Cardwell”.

Mr Cripps expressed his gratitude to all those who turned out to march in the parade, and those volunteers who helped to set-up shelter and provide catering for the community to enjoy the day in Coral Sea Park.

A special event was held at the Cardwell Community Hall on Saturday night before the 2017 Battle of the Coral Sea service in recognition of the historic 75thanniversary.