The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The men and women who served Australia as it joined its allies to defend the values of freedom and democracy — whether they were many miles away in Europe, the Middle East or closer, in the Pacific, or on Australian territory—did so in a tradition that evoked the Anzac spirit forged in WW1.
The story of Kokoda has, in many respects, become one that has equalled Gallipoli in its symbolism of courage, resilience and mateship—the Anzac spirit. Those who served and strived in the Kokoda campaign did so in the Anzac tradition, and in recognition of this, the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway was opened in 1996. The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway was developed to honour the veterans of the 1942 New Guinea campaign. It is considered to be a war memorial of national significance. The memorial is located on the Parramatta River foreshore at the gateway to Western Sydney within the extended precinct of Concord Repatriation General Hospital, which has served the health needs of veterans since the Second World War. The Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway is an expansive contemporary war memorial that has been developed in stages over a twenty-year period and it is continually evolving.
In 2013 the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway Board commissioned leading Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin, to compose a twenty-minute piece for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Band and Sydney Children’s Choir for the Anzac Notes project. Meeting the Sun had its world premiere at the KokodaTrack Memorial Walkway on Sunday 19 April 2015. The broadcast premiere of ABC Classic FM’s studio recording took place several days later on 25 April 2015. Sound elements derived from the radiophonic work will have a permanent presence at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway.
Below: Elena Kats-Chernin is the composer of Meeting the Sun, a major work that was commissioned by the Kokoda Track Memorial
Walkway for Anzac Notes – a unique music project that honours and remembers Gallipoli, Kokoda and 100 years of Australian service.