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From: "Leone Fabre" <>
Subject: [AUS-MIL] Kranji War Memorial - Singapore
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2007 16:01:13 +0800
some of you maybe interested in my experience of the Dawn Service at the
Kranji War Memorial this morning.
It was a very moving experience from the Maori culteral group display, to
the service, the lone piper, the laying of the wreaths by the various High
Commissioners, Heads of Defence Forces from everywhere,
High School Captains of the International school and even the Australian and
NZ Football Club of Singapore thru to the usual Gunfire Breakfast!
Kranji War Memorial honours the men from Britain, Australia, Canada, Sri
Lanka, India, Malaya, the Netherlands and New Zealand who gave their lives
for freedom in World War II.
We were all seated (well not all , but most were seated!!) behind the
marked graves of 4,000 servicemen who died during the Japanese Occupation
that stand in neat rows on
manicured lawns. Another 24,000 names of soldiers and airforce men who died
but whose bodies were never recovered are inscribed on 12 columns.
There is usually around 7000 people that attend the Dawn Service In
Singapore, a bit different to other Dawn Services we have experienced either
at Maree where there were just FIVE of us, or Mallacoota where there were
about 50, thru to the ones at Melbourne of around 30,000.....but each and
everyone of them are just as special to help us all remember the courage,
endurance and mateship that are
still relevant today that was established on 25 April 1915 when the
Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
I have posted a couple of photos taken this morning on my blog. See URL
regards to all,
[ Hi Peter! ]
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