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“Labuan war memorial: a place for reflection”

Labuan War Cemetery
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Owner description: Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery which contains a total number of 3,900 burials. The cemetery lies on the Jalan Tanjong Batu road which leads from the airport to the town. It is less than a kilometre from the airport and about 3 kilometres from the Island's town; Victoria. Within the Cemetery will be found the Labuan Memorial and the Labuan Cremation Memorial.
Brisbane, Australia
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“Labuan war memorial: a place for reflection”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

Labuan is a tax free city but other than that it is a place for reflecting on the nature of war. I visited the war memorial on the island which is a few kilometres from town centre. After walking for half an hour you hit upon a green piece of land where thousands of soldiers were buried there. The place, like other war memorials elsewhere, offers visitors a chance to reflect and ponder about the nature of war: so many youths sacrificed. War is not to be glorified. In human history there have been over 3000 wars in a span of 5000 years of human civilization.

After the visit, do try the sea food restaurant nearby; the one in the hotel offer inexpensive buffet ( you will not miss it as you are walking up or down the slope; it is a five star hotel where good buffet offering lobsters, fish etc are offered)

Visited April 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Moved to tears”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Many of those buried here were killed during the Japanese invasion of Borneo. There are also men from the local forces of North Borneo, Sarawak and Brunei who were killed on war service who are honored here as well.
This war memorial is beautifully maintained and very peaceful.
I was moved to tears when reading the grave markers. It was an emotional experience for me.
This memorial is a short drive from Labuan town, along the Jalan Tanjong Batu.

Visited August 2013
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Labuan Island, Malaysia
Level 6 Contributor
206 reviews
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“To remember the heroes”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Nothing much actually,unless if your visit falls on War Memorial day where the Australian Government holds an annually ceremony to commemorate the fall of the soldiers during the Second World War defending Borneo, who were mostly of Australian origins. Well kept Memorial. place to find peace. Not a cemetery but just a memorial site

Visited August 2012
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Wangaratta, Australia
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“An emotional experience”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

The memorial is a war cemetery where the remains of many Australian., British, Indian ,some USA and other service people who died in Japanese POW camps and on the Sandakan death march, are buried.
There are a large number of grave markers, of which many have inscriptions like " A soldier of the 1941 - 1945 war, Known Unto God", made it extremely emotional as it means that to this day families do not know what happened to their kin.
Also the number of markers for those that died in the very last months of the war, when it was nearly over, added to the emotion as it was all so pointless.
The whole area is beautifully presented and maintained.
If you go to Labuan, do not miss the experience.

Visited June 2013
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Katy, Texas
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“War Memorial”
Reviewed 13 June 2013

Very nice place, clean and very respectful, ground are well kept and easy to find. A place to relax and thing about peace

Visited August 2012
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