WWII horror remembered

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Jakeb WaddellBroome Advertiser

The memory of one of the most significant events in Broome’s history was kept alive on Saturday, as the town paid its respects in a morning of reflection and remembrance.

Saturday marked the 76th anniversary of the World War II Japanese air raid on the Kimberley town in 1942, where 88 people were killed — the second-greatest wartime loss in the nation’s history.

Australian Navy Cadets commanding officer Lieutenant Persine Ayensberg hosted the ceremony at Bedford Park, which saw representatives from a number of organisations lay wreaths on the venue’s memorial, cadets raise the national flag and attendee’s bow their heads in silence. St Mary’s College organised a display of flags and crosses for the event.

Broome RSL administrator Graeme Campbell said he was pleased with the turnout for an event that “should never be forgotten.”

“The number of people who came to pay their respects exceeded expectations and it is greatly appreciated,” he said.

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“Even though the event was some 76 years ago, the raid plays an important part in Broome history.

“I thank Norforce, St Mary’s College and the navy cadets for the important role they played in the commemoration.”

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