YANGON, Myanmar, Myanmar’s southern Mon state government, held a ceremony, to mark the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Death Railway, built by prisoners of war (POW’s) linking Myanmar and Thailand during WWII, the Global New light of Myanmar daily reported Thursday.

The ceremony, held at the War Cemetery in Thanbyuzayat, on Wednesday, was attended by Mon State Chief Minister, Aye Zan, and diplomats from 11 countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Britain, Canada, India, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Thailand and the United States.

They laid wreathes and paid tribute to the POW’s who died during the construction of the railway.

The railway construction started in 1941, and completed in Oct, 1942, with the number of the sleepers of the railway, reportedly representing the number of deaths to build the railway.

Aye Zan said, the ceremony is aimed at remembering ill consequences of war, and contribution to peace of the world without war.

To build the railway, connecting Thailand and Myanmar, to open the Asian Theatre, the Japanese invading army, forced the POW’s from defeated countries, and people from Southeast Asian countries, to be the labourers.

The Thanbyuzayat grave yard, buried several thousands of victims of the Death Railway.

Source: NAM News Network