Its ‘remembrance Sunday’ tomorrow and I wanted to do something in my own little way, to honour those who have fought and died throughout the years in the world’s numerous wars, but also spend a minute thinking about my own family.
Every year in Singapore there would be a beautiful ceremony at the Kranji war memorial – which is a cemetery dedicated to the Allied soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War in Singapore and South East Asia under the Japanese Occupation. On Remembrance Sunday my father and I would attend the 7.30 am ceremony that honoured the lives of all those soldiers who died, but also would remember those who survived.
It is a particularly poignant moment, especially for my father as his family were deeply affected by the war. My grandfather was a prisoner of war in the infamous Changi Prison alongside many other family members throughout the occupation, however he managed to survive the brutal and inhumane treatment of the Japanese Soldiers.
As I won’t be able to attend this years ceremony myself, I thought I would share some of my pictures with you from previous ceremonies at Krangi, as it is such a special experience, and just take a minute to reflect and remember:
“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning.
We will remember them.”