Sunday, April 24, 2005

ANZAC Day: We remember


The ANZAC Memorial at City Park. Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, 2005.

Tomorrow, April 25th marks ANZAC Day, ANZAC standing for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps which saw duty worldwide during World War II, many giving their lives along with local fighters to liberate Malaysia during the Japanese Occupation. Today a window dedication will be carried out at St. Michael's Church in Sandakan with funds contributed by the family and friends of the war heroes.


Barricades erected during clean up work on the memorial.

A look at the City Park where a memorial for the fallen heroes is located saw the place barricaded and a clean up crew busy sprucing up the place. A 'Lest we forget run' is scheduled tomorrow begining from Padang Merdeka and ending at the ANZAC monument. A ceremony will ensue with a 20 second silence as respect for the fallen with various dignitaries in attendance.

Though it has been long, the presence of the soldiers never really left Sabah, Australia Place the name for the area along Jalan Kota Kinabalu lama shows that the memories of the locals for the soldiers remain till today, a plaque is located there which in the past was the camp site of the ANZAC contingent.

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