Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy

Wreaths of Remembrance Laid at Yangon War Cemetery

Myo Min Soe The Irrawaddy

Wreaths of red poppies have been laid for November, the month of remembrance, at a little-known war memorial cemetery in Sanchaung, Yangon in commemoration of 1,381 soldiers who lost their lives here fighting for the Allies during the first and second world wars.

The cemetery, located down a small lane near the Hanthawaddy Roundabout on Pyay Road, commemorates the lives of soldiers from various countries who fought with the Allies, including a small number of Myanmar soldiers. Among them, 86 of those buried remain unidentified.

The Yangon War Cemetery is one of two memorial gardens in Myanmar that is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The other, Taukkyan War Cemetery, lies 25 kilometers north of Yangon and has 6,374 graves.