The Civilian War Memorial is a monument dedicated to civilians who perished during the Japanese Occupation of Singapore (1942-1945). Most people will look at the memorial and realize that it is an interesting piece of architecture set in a park. The casual tourist may stop, take a picture, and just keep going. Many do not realize that the monument is built on a burial chamber which contains ashes of thousands of unknown civilians exhumed from mass graves of civilians that were killed during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War 2. This memorial provides an opportunity to stop and reflect on what happened to the people living in this city in a time of war. It is more than a memorial, it is the resting place for many civilians killed in the war.
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