Today, 75 years ago, on 12 September 1945, World War II came to an end in Singapore. The last major surrender ceremony of Japanese forces was signed at Singapore’s Municipal Building, later City Hall, now part of the National Gallery Singapore.
Because of COVID-19, a remembrance ceremony could not take place at the Kranji War Cemetery today. The ceremony was spearheaded by Singapore History Consultants, the company that I work for.
Instead, diplomats and representatives from seven former combatant nations - Australia, Britain, Canada, India, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore - honoured the date on their own, laying wreaths at the Cenotaph at varying times this morning.
Students of The Japanese School Singapore also made 2,000 tsuru (paper cranes symbolising peace and reconciliation), which staff members laid at the memorial.
More on the observances here.
I also worked on a Commemorative Booklet to mark the historic date.
Lest We Forget