Imphal: The 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII was observed on Saturday at Imphal War Cemetery organised by 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation.
Rich floral tributes were paid to the fallen soldiers who made supreme sacrifice in Manipur and other parts of the world during the brutal WWII.
Attending as Chief Guest of the event, Lok Sabha MP Dr. RK Ranjan released a souvenir titled “Yening Hunba”.
Speaking on the occasion, the MP said that such observation on WWI bear a massive significance as strong messages has been left to the world by the wars adding that the WWII which broke out in 1939 and ended in August of 1945 reached Manipur.
With the Allied Forces and Axis Forces battling out gruesomely in Manipur, what most Manipuris called or named as “Japan Lan”, thousands of soldiers from both side of the forces suffer huge deaths and casualties, he added.
The MP also said that during WWII, battles were fought at different places like Imphal and Kohima which is popularly known as “Battle of Imphal” and “Battle of Kohima” and other battles were also fought at Tamu, Pallel, Tiddim, Chin Hills, Sinam, Sangshak (Ukhrul), Litan, Kanglatongbi, Red Hill (Maibam Lotpa Ching)/Bushnupur, Nungsigum, etc. in Manipur.
The MP also called on the youths of today to study the history and the places of occurrence of WWII and be part of the history in bringing peace and reconciliation to the world.
“We must take the opportunity while the whole world is taking Manipur as a ‘Focal Point’ in relation to other battle fields of the world during the WWII”, the MP said.
Later, befitting floral tributes was also paid at the memorial stones at Red Hill/Maibam Lotpa Ching in Nambol, Bishnupur by members of 2nd World War Imphal Campaign Foundation and locals of Red Hill/Maibam Lotpa Ching.
The participants also observed one minute silence in memory and remembrance of the fallen soldiers who died during WWII.
Kohima Epitaph was also recited during the event and poppy cross were also laid at the memorial stone of those soldiers who died in Manipur during WWII.