A moving Commemorative Service on the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea was held in Cardwell on Sunday 30 April 2017, with a large crowd in attendance at Coral Sea Park.

Hinchinbrook MP, Andrew Cripps, laid a wreath on behalf of the Queensland Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls, who had visited the Cardwell Coral Sea Park Memorial in March.

Mr Cripps said he was delighted to see a large crowd of locals and visitors gather in Cardwell to show their respect and mark the important 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

“We welcomed the Commonwealth Veterans Affairs Minister, the Hon Dan Tehan MP and North Queensland based Senator Ian Macdonald to help us mark this important event” said Mr Cripps.

“It was an honour to have senior US diplomats James Carouso and Valerie Fowler in attendance, along with 93 year old USS Lexington and Coral Sea battle veteran Cecil Wiswell” he said.

“A special mention must be made of  Anne Mealing and Noeline Byrne who have both made such a significant and long term commitment to this annual memorial service in Cardwell”.

“I thank all those who turned out to march in the parade and those volunteers who helped to set up shelter and provide catering for the community to enjoy the day in Coral Sea Park”.

Mr Cripps said a special event was held at the Cardwell Community Hall on Saturday night before the 2017 Battle of the Coral Sea service, in recognition of the historic 75th anniversary.