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    yee
    July 15, 2011

    Very moving post (inscriptions) indeed …

    Freedom has it price and like you said, People will never forget, however most never learn from mistake… That’s nature!

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      The Longest Way Home
      July 16, 2011

      I hope we can change our nature. Otherwise we better find another planet to live separately on very soon …

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    Nomadic Samuel
    July 15, 2011

    It’s tragic the price that these young soldiers had to pay during a time of conflict.

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      The Longest Way Home
      July 16, 2011

      They were called to pay the ultimate price … so very different from today’s wars.

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    Palawan Martin
    July 15, 2011

    Shouldn’t that read “LEST we forget”?

    WW2 was a battle for survival for the english speaking world

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      The Longest Way Home
      July 15, 2011

      Yes, Martin you are right. I’ve corrected it. Thank you.

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        Palawan Martin
        July 15, 2011

        It is a word that is never used anywhere else but on military gravestones, so it is a sort of respect thing. (i am anti-military, but WW2 was a necessary survival war, well for English people anyway )

        The older i get and the more that i know about the world makes me realise how incredible brave these men were and that they are the reason that we are now living in freedom.

        I didn’t realise that there were allied cemeteries in Thailand ! Did you ever visit any military cemeteries in Europe ? Vast fields of crossses

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        The Longest Way Home
        July 16, 2011

        Yes, I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau. Another place that can leave you staggered. The machinery of death is so very visible there. The ash ponds are horrific. The photographs on the trees of people trying to escape is haunting. I would like to go back, know what I have learned from my journey to date.

        Visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau

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    Marnie Alvez
    July 15, 2011

    I still feel a tug in my heart when I saw your photos.. I visited the cemetery one late afternoon after spending the day at the Death Railway Museum which is just across the cemetery. One poignant line… Lest we forget. Days after the visit, I still can’t help to feel sad and a bit emotional when I think of how much these men had endured and that the lives of these men can never be compensated. A stop at this cemetery is the best reminder that we, who were fortunate not to be part of any of the World Wars, should never forget our history, the war, the horror and the pain these young men had to face then. Unless we learn from our history, keep in mind and heart the sacrifice of so many people before us, and have the humility to acknowledge what others have done for us to get to where we are now, then the sacrifice of these mostly young men were not in vain.

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      The Longest Way Home
      July 16, 2011

      True words Marnie, very true. I see humanity remembering, but I don’t see us making good what we should have learned. Otherwise, why are we all still fighting?

      But yes, if one is visiting this area a stop here is a must. It’s one of those rare experiences in travel that makes you feel something completely different. I wonder what would happen if you put some world leaders in there and told them to draw up a peace plan to a current conflict. I wonder how quickly it would get done then.

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    Anna’s World
    July 15, 2011

    You are a person of good character. Small deeds like this post tell a lot about someone, well done.

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      The Longest Way Home
      July 16, 2011

      Thank you Anna, but really such things are trivial compared to what these people went through.

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    John Wilson
    July 15, 2011

    Yes. we seem to forget that the cause of these deaths were tyrannical governments that usurped the freedoms of their people.
    Unfortunately, tyranny never seems to die out.
    Nor do governments ever stop trying to figure out “clever” ways to take away the freedoms of their people.
    Freedom is something that always has to be fought for – in the past, in todays world and into the future.
    Look at what the western world is forcing on it’s citizens and it is surprising that the whole industrialized world is not up in arms fighting their governments.
    These men died for a cause, and if we, of today, forget that cause their lives will have truly been lost for nothing.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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      The Longest Way Home
      July 16, 2011

      John you speak of the world as it is today. I look at the past from a place like Kanchanaburi War Cemetery and wonder how we are still in the same mess ….

      I don’t know where we are going, but I hope it’s not back to place like the Death Railway.

      I will not forget, but I do want to have learned the lessons history has told of our past. I do believe this is the way forward.

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    Lois
    July 16, 2011

    Thanks for reminding us of our freedoms. Things that we tend to overlook on a daily basis. This is very moving Dave, thank you.

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      The Longest Way Home
      July 17, 2011

      Your welcome guys, glad you found it moving.

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    Jason
    July 17, 2011

    A vist to the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is something I missed whilst in the country. As the clock slowly winds forward and we all begin to grow older, I just hope that these brave souls are not forgotten.

    One strange way there has been a revival of ANZAC day in Australia has actually been due to a football match hosted on the 25th of April (ANZAC Day) every year. It has placed the history of these harsh years directly in front of those who attend the match, and has created a new awareness to the young here in Australia.

    It won’t be long and the last living survivors of the Great War will be gone, and it will be the young that will be left to carry their memory forward. I for one thank these hero’s. ‘Lest We Forget’

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    JH
    July 19, 2011

    When I was there in 1997, I remembered visiting this Kanachanaburi war cemetery. It was solemn, quiet and very peaceful, beautiful greenery and flowers.

    Yet, it lies the heroes that gave away their lives for the sake of future generations. A moment of silence I observed when I was standing there, remembering the brave and fallen soldiers.

    Lest We Forget – we must remember the history and not repeat the horrors of war, whether or not the human race has learned their lessons today, is still a question mark in my humble opinion.

    The music of the Last Post always ring in my mind whenever I am in this type of memorial areas/war cemetery.

    JH
    http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv

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    Vince
    October 16, 2012

    I spent the afternoon at this cemetary and it was the most moving experience I have ever had. To see so many men who had died so far away from home but remembered eternally by family and friends was heartwarming in this day and age.

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    Russell
    October 9, 2013

    Wow….you pay these heros the greatest of all honors…REMEMBERANCE

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    Samuel Tease
    March 28, 2014

    I visited the cemetery by the bridge in 1974 and again in 1976 and to this day I am in awe of the site and what these brave men endured in the fight for freedom and we hoped, future peace! I don`t have the answer, is there one?

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