Bomana War Cemetery… Cemeteries are often some of the best places to visit in a destination, a window into the history of a place that no other sight can confer. Which is why Bomana War Cemetery is not just another tourist attraction, but a peaceful place to discover some 20 minutes outside the hustle and bustle of Port Moresby.
A Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in honor of the fallen Australian and Allied soldiers who fought in the former Territory of Papua and Bougainville Island during the Second World War, Bomana is well worth a visit. Well maintained and of moving solemnity, walking the grounds of the cemetery is a reflective experience to be had. Rows upon rows of white marble headstones against the green field is calming to the eye, a serene yet somber memorial to the soldiers fallen much too young.
Bomana War Cemetery is not just another tourist attraction, but a peaceful and solemn place.
It’s touching to see the impressive rotunda perched up the hill, bearing the names of the missing, hundreds of which have never been recognized. Out of the 3,824 soldiers buried here, 699 of them remain unidentified. “A soldier of the 1939-1945 war. Known unto God,” harrowingly reads on hundreds of plaques. In addition, one Dutch citizen and one non-war related burial are interred on premise.
While the CWGC doesn’t offer tours, visits can be arranged via organizations found online or through travel agents. Battlefield tours are one such option.