World War II memorial

His Excellency President Lionel Aingimea officially unveiled the new World War II memorial for Nauruans that perished on Truk and Nauru, 10 July.

President Aingimea says the monument is a tribute to the generation of World War II.

โ€œIt symbolises the hardship, the struggle, the threatening of our fragile population, the leadership, the determination, the stories of heroes and heroines that have been passed through generations and the remembrance that we as a nation will never forget.โ€

The plaque reads: ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜”๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ณ, ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜“๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ข๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ž๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜.

The names of over 1,200 Nauruans and foreigners who died on Nauru and Truk are inscribed in marble granite and embedded into the Nauru phosphate rock wall.

โ€œIt is a monument which captures the names of our loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. It also includes those who survived the War and those who fought for freedom. We are blessed to have them amidst us today. It is their legacy and sacrifices that inspire us, so that we can live in peace and prosperity today,โ€ the President said.

A special message by the President of the Federated States of Micronesia David Panuelo was also screened; paying tribute to Nauruans, the struggles and loss of life during wartime.

The monument is a redesign of the former, that was erected a hundred metres away, but now demolished to make way for the redevelopment of the main sea port.T

he date for the unveiling of this new memorial was selected as 11 July, in memory of the 39 Nauruan lepers who, on 11 July 1943, were towed out to sea and killed during the Japanese occupation of Nauru.

As the date falls on a Sunday this year, the official ceremony was moved to 10 July.

The ceremony was dominated by heavy rain but continued unabated.

President Aingimea and Madam Aingimea laid the first wreath at the foot of the middle arch where stands the glass enclosure that holds soil from the leper station in Meneรฑ, soil from Truk and shrapnel from the American B25 Coral Princess aircraft that was shot down over Nauru in 1944.

The first day cover and stamp for the occasion were also released by Deputy Minister for Nauru Post Richard-Hyde Menke.

The names on the monument are replicated from official records taken at the end of the war and the return from Truk.