Hear the echoes of courage and sacrifice during World War II (WWII) at the Kranji War Memorial. Dedicated to over 4,000 graves and 24,000 names of allied soldiers, Kranji War Memorial pays homage to the men and women who defended Singapore during the Japanese Occupation in World War II.
Originally a hospital burial ground during the Japanese Occupation period, the significance of the Kranji War Memorial is further amplified by the single road leading up to it being the same road that the invading Japanese Imperial Guards had marched on in 9 February 1942.
Covering all three branches of the military - the Air Force, Army and Navy, the 12 memorial walls are engraved with the names of those who fought in the war and whose bodies were never found. These war veterans included men and women from Britain, Australia, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Malaya, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
Unlike other World War II sites in Singapore, the grounds here are immaculately maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - an intergovernmental organisation of six independent member states which primarily serves to preserve all crucial historical records of its military service members of the Commonwealth of Nations military service members who died in the World War II.
The Kranji War Cemetery is also located next to the memorial. The elaborate State Cemetery houses the graves of Singapore's first and second presidents - Inche Yusuf bin Ishak and Benjamin Henry Sheares, while the Military Graves pay homage to Commonwealth soldiers who died during the Konfrontasi and Malayan Communist Insurgency periods.
Some have argued that the Japanese Invasion was a key turning point in Singapore's history which inevitably saw the decline of the British colonial rule. The loss of confidence in the British Empire, which perpetuated the realised need for self-governance and independence, is reflected by the close proximity between the State Cemetery and the Kranji War Memorial.
Commemorate Remembrance Sunday or Veterans Day which takes place every year on the Sunday closest to 11 November as the country commemorates the end of the WWII hostilities as we pay tribute to those who fought on our behalf. Be part of the event by placing poppies on the graves and observing a two-minute silence during the event.