Friday, July 27, 2012

Labuan War Memorial

"There is no reason why cemeteries should be places of gloom"
Sir Federic Kenyon, How the Cemeteries Abroad Will Be Designed, 1918

We travel to learn and to educate our children and there is no better opportunity to do this than visiting historic locations or witnessing occasions. Last year the kids had an insight to the World Wars when we witnessed a ceremony at the Cenotaph. So last week passing through Labuan we visited the Commonwealth War Cemetery, the resting place of 3900 men from the 1939 to 1945 war. Read more about the cemetery and the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) here.

Each plaque represented a son, father or brother and it was touching to see the messages engraved from their loved ones for those that were identified and of course so many more weren't. And of all the casualties in the war many more were not buried there but their names engraved on plaques. We were surprised to find a small section for Brunei.

I can't say the kids thoroughly enjoyed the experienced especially as they don't want to go to another one in KK but we hope that it was an educational experience if somewhat a very hot and sweaty one!

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