More than six decades after the end of World War II, the graves of fallen soldiers are still carefully tended amidst Southeast Asia’s jungles, paddy fields and emerging cities.
On a plot half the size of a football field surrounded by jungle in Malaysia’s northern Perak state, 866 polished tombstones stand in serried ranks in an eternal parade at the Taiping War Cemetery.
The men and women buried here are some of the 1.7 million war dead commemorated in similar cemeteries worldwide by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), providing a permanent memorial to the fallen.
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