Had a rare opportunity to get off work on time after a series of meetings and visited the War Memorial Park while waiting for my Thai language class to start.
Piercing the City Hall skyline like a needle that pricks at our nation’s tumultuous past, the memorial stands as a tribute to all civilians executed during Japan’s World War II occupation of Singapore between 1942 – 1945. It was estimated that 100,000 young Chinese civilian men were killed by Japanese forces all over the island in what came to be known as the Sook Ching Massacre.
So many innocent lives snatched from the cradle of their youth. No wonder an eerie aura of sombreness hangs in the air of this cenotaph. But it does feel kinda peaceful within the hollow enclosed by the four towering columns though. May peace mass acre every corner of our world… and beyond.