War Memorial, Labuan (a.k.a War Cemetery) located at Membedai, just in front of the Labuan General Hospital. I went to the place sometimes last week, when I had this thought of writing a patriotic entry for the coming Independence Day on 31st August. This 31st August will mark th 50th celebration of Malaysia Indepence Day.
War Memorial, Labuan – Hereon are recorded the names of officers and men of the British Comonwealth of Nations who died within and around Borneo during the 1939 – 1945 war and whose graves are known only unto God.
At the entrance, visitors will see bronze boards carved with every names of those who died during the war (1939 – 1945). There are more than 10 boards and on those board written all the names of the soldiers, officers, nurse and medic personnels whom during the war.
Some of the deceased family members put red roses during their visit.
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Take your time to walk around the cemetery and read all the names, ranks, regiment, date of death, age and some words from their family members. Some of them died at the age of 25, battling enemies with courage and guns. I am 24 now, and the only battle I’ve been through is a nagging partner and financial problems to tackle. The battle I’ve been through couldn’t be compared to them, whom battling with bayonette and fire arms.
My friend, Julian been to Labuan to cover a Remembrance Day ceremony that similar to Anzac Day in Australia and New Zealand. Click here to read his entry.
I’ve concluded the visit as boosting my self-consciousness, awareness and inner-boosting on my view and perception towards the spirit of protecting something for the sake of my future and the peoples around me. Till next time.