Thursday, April 25, 2013

ANZAC Day...Remembering my time in Thailand

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.  Originally 25 April every year was to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I.  Next year will the 100 anniversary of this special day.

I would like to share a couple of emotional moments I experienced in Thailand visiting the Death Railway, the Bridge over River Kwai and Hellfire Pass which were constructed during World War II by allied Prisoners of War for the Burma Railway.

The Death Railway at Kwai Noi Gorge  
which is still in use as we traveled by train from Wang Po to Kanchanaburi

The famous bridge, "Bridge over River Kwai" built by Prisoners of War 
during World War II at Kanchanaburi

Hellfire Pass, a vast embankment of stone cut out by the Prisoners of War constructed for the 
Burma to Thailand Railway  maintained by the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum

 Thousands of graves of Australian, British and Dutch prisoners 
who died whilst building the Burma Railway at the Allies Cemetery.

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