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We paid our respects at a War Memorial in Sandakan for British and Australian victims of World War 2.
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War Memorial Sandakan Borneo
Female: The Sandakan Memorial Park commemorates the sacrifice and suffering injured by both Australian and British solders who are held captive by the Japanese as prisons of war between 1942 and 1945.
Male: We entered the commemorative convenient by information was displayed showing the tragedy and courage of all of the soldiers.
Female: The main of trustee, soldiers has to fight what was now called the death marches.
Male: The marches occurred because the Japanese feared an allied invasion so they wanted to move to the west.
Female: Conditions along the march were terrible. Soldiers are given no food, shelter or medical treatment.
Male: Men who could no longer walk were left to die day by day or fend for themselves in the thick jungle.
Female: The path that I’m walking along right now is the start of the death march that all the prisoners of war had to take to the west coast of Borneo, the 260 kilometer journey.
Of the 2400 soldiers held captive forced to make this terrible journey, only six Australian soldiers survived because they were lucky enough to escape.
Male: Visiting the memorial park gave us time to reflect on the lives that were lost and also to be thankful of the great country we live in today.