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Civilian War Memorial

The Civilian War Memorial along Beach Road was built in memory of the tens of thousands of innocent civilians who perished during the Japanese Occupation.  This striking war memorial is made up of four pillars, which represent the four racial classificationis in Singapore – the Chinese, Indians, Malays and others.  In the centre of these white pillars stands a black urn representing the remains of the war victims.  Numerous huge urns containing the remains of unidentified civilians, who were massacred during the Japanese Occupation, have been placed beneath this war memorial.

When the Civilian War Memorial was erected in 1967, it was the tallest structure in the city.  This 61 metres structure designed by Swan and Maclaren was first unveiled by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on 15 February 1967.

Every year on the 15th of February, which is known as the Total Defence Day in Singapore, a commemorative memorial ceremony is held at this Civilian War Memorial Park.  This solemn service is attended by national leaders, diplomats, war veterans, business and religious leaders, as well as citizens, school children and members of the public.


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8 March, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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