Year 9 History Kokoda Memorial Track

On Tuesday, the 2nd of June 2015, Year 9 history classes were given the opportunity to visit the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord West. The Kokoda campaign stands as an icon for Australian participation in World War II just as Gallipoli serves the same purpose for World War I. More than 600 Australians were killed and some 1680 wounded.

Our day began by watching a short introductory video to the memorial that discussed the the design of the park and showed short clips from the Kokoda Track Campaign that the park is dedicated to. We then visited the “centrepiece” of the memorial, where we heard the Ode, discussed symbolism, and laid a wreath as part of our commemoration. Central to our visit were the war stories shared by our group leaders, Kokoda and Vietnam war veterans who volunteer to take groups around the memorial park. The information and experiences they shared moved us – , each of us got to experience the memorial in a different way through many unique stories. The walk along the track itself was a valuable experience that showed the different perspectives of war in a way that connected us with the story and made it seem all the more real. The track consisted of different plaques at key points in the track that symbolised different places found on the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea. Overall the day was well spent and left us with valuable pieces of knowledge about the battle of Kokoda.

 

by Jamie and Monica