Queensland to honour veterans for 75th anniversary of Battle of the Coral Sea

Published Monday, 24 April, 2017 at 06:12 PM

Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Palaszczuk Government is supporting local commemorations of the Battle of the Coral Sea, providing $10,000 to the Coral Sea Commemorative Association to mark the 75th anniversary of the largest naval encounter off Australia’s coastline.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said commemorations in Brisbane, Cardwell, Townsville and the Gold Coast would recognise the Allied forces who fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.

“My Government is proud to support commemorations to recognise the sacrifice of Allied sailors and airmen who lost their lives defending Port Moresby from a sea-borne invasion,” the Premier said.

“The Battle of the Coral Sea was a pivotal turning point in the Second World War and helped to forge the Australia–American bond.”

Ms Palaszczuk said it was important to continue to honour the brave Australians and Americans who fought in this battle and changed the course of the war in the Pacific.

Brisbane-based Australian-American Association Life Member Barry Thiess said the Government’s assistance would ensure the continued recognition of the Battle of Coral Sea.

“Survivors from USS Lexington (CV-2) and families of veterans will be coming to Australia to attend memorial services in Queensland,” he said.

The Coral Sea Commemorative Association had also been supported by the Queensland Government to hold commemorations for the 65th and 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, in recognition of the important and enduring connection between Australia and America.  

Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791