MILITARY cemeteries in Yangon will prohibit picnickers, merrymakers and revelers from visiting. Legal action will be taken against those who do not follow the rules of military cemetery areas, said an official from the military cemetery.
Relatives of the fallen soldiers of the Second World War visit the cemeteries to pay their respects to the fallen. This being so, we do not allow people to date, sing, play the guitar and make noises within the cemetery. It can affect the national image of our country, said U Thet Mon who is in charge of the military cemetery.
We have put the warning signs inside the cemetery. We will take legal action against those who do not follow the rules. We will not allow TV/video shooting except for documentaries.
There are more than one thousand foreigners visiting military cemeteries every month. Most of the visitors are from England and Australia. There are also about 300 local visitors visiting daily, said an official.
There are three military cemeteries in Myanmar which are under the supervision of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. They are located in Htauk Kyant, Thanbyuzayat and Yangon. Commission member countries donate funds to the military cemeteries monthly.
Ohnmar Soe (City News)