18 Jan 2016

War memorial park proposed for Solomon Islands

10:32 pm on 18 January 2016

Solomon Islands may soon get a war museum and information centre, with a plan recently revealed by the Solomon Scouts and Coastwatchers Trust.

WWII wrecks

WWII wrecks in Solomon Islands (file) Photo: AFP

The trust's chairman, Sir Bruce Saunders, says it is still searching for a site in Honiara but is looking at the battlefield sites at Bloody Ridge and Red Beach.

He says there's a proposal to make the project comprise of a national park, which could boost the country's tourism numbers.

Sir Bruce says they are unique sites because the fiercest battles between Japanese soldiers and advancing US and Allied Forces in World War II were fought on Guadalcanal.

He says the project is earmarked to be ready for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II in Solomon Islands in 2017.