Dawn services held across the world for Anzac Day

25 Apr

“We do not glorify war. Anzac Day is not the anniversary of a great victory, but it commemorates the triumph of the human spirit,” he said in a video message posted on Facebook.

In Thailand, two former prisoners of war joined other Australians at Hellfire Pass in Kanchanaburi province, where POWs were forced build the infamous Thai-Burma “death railway” in 1942-43.

“There’s a lot of young people coming now and it’s good that they learn what happened during the war,” said 100-year-old former POW Harold Martin.

Neil MacPherson, 95, who also worked on the railway said: “I do think of mates of mine that didn’t come through it and remembered them as they were then, rather than as Harold and I are now.”

More than 90,000 men died during the railway’s construction – 12,000 prisoners of war and more than 80,000 Asian labourers.

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