A remembrance walk was held on Independence Day to pay tribute to PNG’s first Prime Minister and founding father the late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare after PNG flag raising ceremony at Independence Hill.
Governor for NCD Hon. Powes Parkop, NCDC City Manager Bernard Kipit and deputy CM Ravu Frank led the remembrance walk with invited guests and dignitaries at Boulevard to Konedobu and ended at Ela Beach.
The Remembrance walk was coordinated by the NCDC Amazing Port Moresby flagship event team and the ACDP. ACDP community dance groups consisting of women and youths, performed the Unity Dance in front of a crowd of more than 3000 people remembering the legacy of the late Sir Michael T. Somare’s vision of peace and unity.
Hon. Powes Parkop in his Independence speech mentioned the importance of the values taught by late Grand Chief. The virtues and character that he propounded was of peace and unity guided by his conviction to make PNG free and independent. He encouraged everyone to remember these values and together he urged everyone to join in making Port Moresby a better, safer and a prosperous city for all.
Hon. Powes Parkop said, “Let us celebrate in peace and unity, Port Moresby! Let us love and respect each other. Let us continue to do more and achieve greater success for our city and the entire country. Thank you for all that we have done and achieved together for our city and country. We have achieved a lot, but we still have a long way to go.” He added.
The remembrance walk was part of a five-day independence celebration in the Nation’s Capital.