The families of the six men and women who lost their lives while serving the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), as well as officials from the Solomon Islands Government, RAMSI and the governments of Australia, Vanuatu and Tonga, dedicated a new memorial at the Police Memorial Garden at Rove on 23 June to honour the lives of the late RAMSI officers and their contributions to rebuilding Solomon Islands.
The memorial will be a lasting tribute to the sacrifices of the six RAMSI police, military and civilian personnel, as well as a reminder of the personal investments made by their thousands of colleagues from 15 nations in returning peace and stability to Solomon Islands.
In a simple and moving ceremony, wreaths were laid in memory of:
- Adam Dunning – Protective Service Officer, Australian Federal Police, died 22 December 2004;
- Private Jamie Michael Clark – 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, died 10 March 2005;
- Antonio (Tony) Luciano Scriva, RAMSI Advisor, Solomon Islands Office of the Auditor General, died 22 April 2007;
- Chief Inspector Amos Solip, PPF Adviser, Vanuatu Police Force, died 27 April 2009;
- Constable Sisiliah (Sisi) Puleheloto, PPF Adviser, Niue Police, died 5 August 2009; and
- Ronald (Ronnie) Edwin Lewis – Protective Service Officer, Australian Federal Police, died 2 December 2010.
Following the dedication, RAMSI Special Coordinator Quinton Devlin said that it had been a beautiful ceremony and that RAMSI officers would never forget the service of these men and women to their nations and to Solomon Islands.
He added that he was very pleased that so many of the families were represented at this occasion.
“The sacrifices of these men and women in rebuilding this nation will always be honoured and remembered, but we should never underestimate the loss felt be their families,” Mr Devlin said.
The new memorial is very similar to the original memorial, which was located at the leased RAMSI base, commonly known as GBR, in East Honiara.