Three cherry trees were planted at a village in Nyaunglebin at a ceremony on 25th November in dedication to the Japanese soldiers killed during 1945 battles.
The tree-planting ceremony was held at Htwaneegon village in KaleinKhin model village-tract, Nyaunglebin township, Bago region with the monument erection committee donating over 100 dozen notebooks and 600 ball-point pens to Daw Khin Mar Win, the headmistress of the post-primary school in KaleinKhin model village. Next, peace commemorative cherry trees were planted in the field owned by U Thein De and his daughter Daw Aye San. The monument was formally opened with the cutting of a ribbon.
The families of the deceased Japanese soldiers sought help from the Japanese embassy, which made contact with the abbot of the KaleninKhin monastery to build the monument.
Nearly 400 Japanese soldiers died in the battle against the Indian army under the command of the British on 1st August, 1945.
The peace commemorative cherry trees are called Youkou Sakura, it is learnt.—Ne Lin (Nyaunglebin)