Flag and International Symbol of Peace
Written by Captain David Elliott   
Monday, 09 August 2004

When former ACM National Campaign Director David Elliott arrived at the Headquarters of the Peace Monitoring Group in Bougainville to begin his four-month tour of duty in January he noticed a common denominator amongst the flags of the contributing nations - The Union Jack.

"Of the four countries taking part in the Bougainville peace process, only the flag of Vanuatu fails to display the Union Jack as part of its national symbol" David said.

He said that there was a great feeling of camaraderie between Australian and New Zealand soldiers on the war-torn island.

"I do not know of any two nations that share a similar destiny and historical relationship more than Australia and New Zealand.

"On ANZAC Day in Bougainville there was a great feeling of togetherness between Australian and Kiwi diggers and when the two flags went up during the dawn service the Union Jack served as a great reminder of our heritage and the traditions of service to our fellow man. It was very symbolic," he said.