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A stroll among the ghosts of heroes past. | by nikuyakun
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A stroll among the ghosts of heroes past.

During my parents recent visit to Japan, their first priority was to visit Hiroshima.

My father like myself is an avid student of history particularly the Pacific War. (WWII)

 

We paid our respects and bore witness to the human suffering experienced by the Japanese people in Hiroshima.

 

Second on the list was to visit our own heroes that suffered during this time.

This was taken at the Commonwealth war cemetery in Hodogaya, Yokohama.

Where more than 300 Commonwealth troops who lost their lives on Japanese soil now lie at rest so far from their loved ones and homeland.

 

Most of these men were captured and taken as P.O.W's as Japanese Imperial forces swept through the Islands of South East Asia.

As the tide turned against Japan and allied forces gained the upper hand, the men were transferred to Japan to work in labour camps and munitions factories. (Prime targets for allied bombing raids) as a result many of these men survived years as P.O.W's only to be killed by allied bombing during the final months of the war.

 

"Lest we Forget"

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Taken on October 31, 2008