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Commemorating Breakout 79th Anniversary

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

IMAGE: Dignitaries at the commemoration of the 79th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout last Saturday.

No one could have predicted the long-lasting effects that the only land battle fought on Australian soil during World War II would have on Australia and Japan, as well as Cowra, 79 years ago when 1,104 Japanese POWs attempted a daring breakout from the POW Camp in Cowra.

Public figures like Her Excellency the Hon. Ms. Margaret Beazley AC KC (Governor of NSW), His Excellency Kazuhiro Suzuki (Ambassador Embassy of Japan to Australia), the Hon. Mr. Michael McCormack (Federal Member for Riverina), the Hon attended the 79th anniversary of the Breakout as well as the 20-year signing of the Peace and Friendship Agreement between Joetsu City and Cowra on October 12, 2003 at the Cowra Japanese Gardens.

“It is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by those involved, the lives lost, and the lessons we have learned from history,” declared Cowra Shire Council Mayor Bill West.

for this significant occasion, and we anticipate that many will come back to Cowra to join us in celebrating this historic achievement,” he said.

“It was tremendous to see the Mayor of Joetsu City, Mr Kanta Nagakawa, present in Cowra for these 20-year friendship celebrations,” the Mayor said.

“Looking ahead, we anticipate the approaching 80th anniversary of the Break-out next year, a momentous occasion that holds great significance for both countries. Planning is already underway“

The mayor explained how the Cowra community stands in unity and remembrance with Japan, and how it should reaffirm dedication to world peace and interracial harmony. Commemorations on the 79th anniversary of the Japanese Breakout continue to inspire future generations to work together in the direction of a world where problems are resolved by communication and understanding is another important thing we should do.

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