Concert for fallen soldiers

Visitors checking out a section of the Air Itam War Monument in Jalan Bukit Bendera during the Peace Concert.

HUNDREDS of visitors thronged the Peace Concert 2015 which was held in tribute of World Remembrance Day celebrated annually on Nov 11.

It was a night of music as performers of all ages come together on Tuesday night to dance and sing at the Air Itam War Memorial Park.

The event was staged to commemorate the armed forces who died in the line of duty.

Board of trustee chairman Datuk Chuang Keng Kung of the Kong Min School, which was entrusted to take care of the War Memorial, said the concert was aimed at promoting World Peace.

“This war memorial contains the remains of the massacred victims during the Japanese occupation.

“Their remains were excavated and recovered in several locations throughout Penang.

“About 800 incomplete skeletons and bones were collected and cremated, with the ashes placed in 66 bags.

“It is all buried beneath the war memorial here.

“This year is also the seventieth anniversary since the end of the Japanese occupation in 1945,” he said when met at the Air Itam roundabout.

Yesterday, some 400 people from 50 organisations attended the official ceremony of the 70th anniversary of the Penang Overseas Chinese Anti-Japanese War Memorial World Remembrance Day.

Also present were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Chinese consul-general Wu Jun.


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