War Cemetary in Kanchanaburi – The Last Post

Thai-Burma Railway. Death Railway.

In military tradition The Last Post is played to signal the end of the day’s activities. The Last Post also plays at military funerals to indicate the soldier has gone to his final resting place.

For me, it is one of the most emotional sounds i have ever heard. Both my grandfathers fought in World War 2 and my thoughts go to them whenever i hear the bugle playing The Last Post. Making this video brought me to tears on more than 1 occasion.

The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery located in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand and is 124 kilometers north-west of Bangkok. It is the burial site of 6,982 POW’s from World War 2. The Kanchanaburi War Cemetery is owned and maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The surrounding gardens are immaculate.

The POWs working on the Thai-Burma railway were forced to work in extreme conditions comprising of the extreme weather, lack of food and water, sleep deprivation and other inhuman living conditions. In death, the POWs were shown a perverse respect by their Japanese captors who allowed for a respectable funeral and even giving money to buy rations.

The Last Post can be heard all over the world on Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day.

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