7 Aug 2011

Tribute to wartime scouts and coast watchers

6:42 am on 7 August 2011

A memorial to recognise the role of Solomon Islanders in World War II is to be unveiled on Sunday in the capital, Honiara.

Sunday marks the 69th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Project manager Bruce Saunders says Solomon Island scouts and coast watchers, who reported the movements of the Japanese, are being recognised for the first time.

He says they played key roles in reporting to other allied troops during the six-month campaign.

Mr Saunders says the cement and wire mesh sculpture depicts three Solomon Island scouts and a coast watcher.