Veteran soldiers pay tribute to fallen heroes of WW II

MUHAMMAD YUSRI MUZAMIR

GEORGE TOWN: More than 50 veteran soldiers gathered at the cenotaph in Padang Kota Lama here today to pay tribute to those who died in World War II.

Led by the Malaysian Armed Forces Indian Veterans Association (Perim) chairman S. Ganeson Samiah, 57, they placed wreaths at the cenotaph.

Ganeson Samiah said the Aug 15 memorial service annually was important to appreciate the struggles, contributions and sacrifices of the country’s heroes.

“We are grateful to them, especially those who sacrificed their lives on the battle field, to defend the country. It is because of these heroes that we get to live in peace and harmony.

“Today marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese surrendering to the Allied Forces, which saw the end of World War II.

“We however pledged that we are ready to serve to defend the sovereignty of the country if our services are needed at any time,” said the former Malaysian Armed Forces Senior Aircraftman at the launch of the event this morning.

Earlier, the gathering observed a one-minute silence for the departed before placing the wreaths.

The cenotaph was unveiled by the Prince of Wales on March 31, 1922, at the Esplanade seafront where some World War I battles were fought and many sailors lost their lives.

The Penang Veterans Association (PVA) erected another small monument beside the cenotaph to remember those killed in World War II, Siam-Burma Death Railway, Malayan Emergency, Indonesian Confrontation and the Reinsurgency period. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd