Timings : 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Time Required : Less than 1 hour
Entry Fee : No entry fee
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The Kranji War Memorial, located at Kranji suburb of Singapore, commemorates the men and women from the Commonwealth who had lost lives during their service in the Second World War. The calm and beautiful cemetery has more than 4,400 white gravestones lined up in rows on the cemetery's slope, honouring men and women from Australia, Britain, Canada, India, Malaya, Netherlands, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
At the entrance, the register containing the names of the fallen soldiers is kept by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. As one takes the short flight of stairs to the hilltop terrace, four memorials are situated there. The largest one is the Singapore Memorial with a huge star-topped central pylon that rises to a height of 24 meters. This memorial has the names of more than 24,000 allied soldiers and airmen killed in SouthEast Asia, who have no known graves. Every year on a Sunday closest to the Remembrance Day on the 11th November, a memorial service is held paying tribute to those who have their lives. Next to the War Memorial is the Kranji Military Cemetery which is a non-world war site with more than 1,400 burials. Besides this lays the Singapore State Cemetery, where the country's first and second presidents, Encik Yusof Ishak and Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares are buried.