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Category:Civilian War Memorial, Singapore

The Memorial to the Civilian Victims of the Japanese Occupation, commonly known as the Civilian War Memorial, is located at Beach Road, Singapore 881023, in the 1.4-hectare War Memorial Park in the Civic District which is bounded by Beach Road, Bras Basah Road, Nicoll Highway and Stamford Road. Designed by architectural firm Swan and Maclaren and built between 1966 and 1967, it consists of four 67-metre tall tapering columns of reinforced concrete which represent Singapore's four main ethnic groups – Chinese, Indians, Malays and others. The columns are joined by a platform at the base, which symbolizes the "merging of four streams of culture into one, and the unity of all races". A black stone urn on the platform symbolically represents the remains of civilian war victims. The sides of the platform bear the inscription "Memorial to the Civilian Victims of the Japanese Occupation 1942–1945" in the four official languages of Singapore: English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.

The memorial was unveiled by Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew on . It was gazetted as a national monument on , the 68th anniversary of the ending of World War II on .


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