Why We Do This
The “Solomon Islands Living Memorial Project” has been created as a way to pay tribute to our veterans who served throughout the Solomon Islands during WWII. Over 100,000 men died in the Pacific campaign during some of the fiercest land, sea and air battles. Thousands of sailors are entombed in their ships in the waters throughout the Pacific.
Our program also recognizes the role Solomon Islanders played in aiding Allied forces during the Guadalcanal and Solomon Islands Campaigns. The people of the Solomon Islands, at great risk to their own lives, rescued, healed, harbored and returned to safety hundreds of Allied Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen. Without the assistance of these brave Solomon Islanders these men might have perished in the jungle, sea or been killed by their enemy. To this day, the Solomon Islanders continue to assist in the recovery of the remains of service personnel long thought lost to the jungle.
The Solomon Islands Living Memorial Program recognizes our shared history with the people of Solomon Islands and also the current healthcare needs of the country. Our program supports regular medical and surgical care outreach visits provided by American healthcare specialists, but more importantly, it provides teaching and surgical education support to the doctors and nurses of the Solomon Islands so they may improve the delivery of care to their own people while developing their professional careers.
Access to healthcare is not readily available throughout the islands so curable diseases tend to present in very advanced stages. The very same diseases that plagued our service men during WWII continue to afflict Solomon Islanders today: Malaria, skin infections, diarrhea and dysentery. Blast injuries from unexploded WWII ordinances occur as well. The number of people with diabetes and cancer is steadily climbing. Strengthening the delivery of health care locally can save lives and at the same time, it rekindles our shared relationship and history with the people of the Solomon Islands while we remember our own countrymen who served there.