The 19th of February, a National Day of Observance to acknowledge those who defended Australia during WWII, makes 75 years since the fatally significant yet little-known Bombing of Darwin.
Over a day-period, a greater number of bombs were dropped over Darwin than were used in the attack on Pearl Harbour just weeks earlier. However, many Australians are still unaware of the events' historical significance and how it shaped Australia's involvement in WWII.
FitzSimons says, “Whilst often overlooked, Darwin is an important hub for Australia's military heritage.
“Today's attack of 75 years ago brought the war to our home soil for the first time, and signified the start of a 21-month period of devastating attacks on Northern Australia.”In the same sense that destinations such as Gallipoli and the Kokoda Track are seen as 'rites of passage' for Australians, FitzSimons considers a visit to Darwin crucial in understanding our own history, and paying our respects to those who sacrificed so much for us.
“ I believe every Aussie should experience the Northern Territory's rich military heritage offering – from its high-tech museums, to its oil storage tunnels and expansive airfields. With so many of us yet to tick the NT off our must-do list, what better time to do so than now.”
FitzSimons will spend two nights in Darwin for the 75th anniversary, where he will attend a range of local commemorative events and experience the city's military heritage offering.
TOP FIVE DARWIN MILITARY EXPERIENCESThere are many ways to uncover Darwin's rich military history, regardless of your level of expertise.
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