|The crowds have been growing in recent years, estimated this year by |
Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum manager Bill Slape to be around 1500.
|Many in attendance are veterans themselves, with a lot of Vietnam war veterans in particular joining tour groups.|
|The TWO minutes silence is stunningly powerful among the soaring teak trees and the dawn chorus of bird song.|
|This wreath sums up the sacrifice. 12,800 Allied PoWs died building the railway, |
as did around 100,000 unheralded Asian labourers.
|The guest of honour in 2011 was the Governor General of Australia, HE Quentin Bryce, seen here chatting to some of the former PoWs, including Bill Haskell, Lex Arthurson, Cyril Gilbert and Neil Macpherson.|
|An Aussie flag in the wall near the spot where legendary Aussie doctor Weary Dunlop's ashes are scattered.|