This is my second time visit to The National Monument ( Tugu Negara), my last visit here is 12 years ago in 1997 and I hasn't come here since then.
The landscape here has change so much over the years. As I arrive here that day, I saw a lot of tourist from Japan, India and etc....
The first Monument
This is the first monument a 10m flat grass-covered ground to commemorate the wars and honour the fallen heroes from World War 1, World War II and the Malayan Emergency.
The lists of fallen heroes list all 4 side here
The monument was later replaced with the Tugu Negara, an idea mooted by Malaysia's first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj and was commissioned in 1963.
The second Monument
The huge tall bronze figures of soldiers standing and supporting their fallen comrades, which is opposite Lake Gardens, are the work of sculptor Felix de Weldon, who also did Washington’s IwoJima Monument and it is regarded as the largest bronze monument grouping in the world.
The Tugu Negara was completed and officially opened on February 8, 1966, by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. It was proclaimed a memorial park dedicated to the 11,000 people who died during the 12-year Malayan Emergency (1948-1960). Thereafter, a wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the monument every July 31 on Warriors Day.
The granite base of the monument bears only inscriptions in English with Roman script and Malay with Jawi script:
- "Dedicated to the heroic fighters in the cause of peace and freedom,
- May the blessing of Allah be upon them"