Labuan Event: Remembrance Day to commemorate some 3,908 heroes

PHOTO: Labuan Member of Parliament, Datuk Rozman Isli (front at second left), the chief executive officer of Labuan Corporation, Azhar Ahmad (front left), Mayor Kota Kinabalu City, Datuk Yeo Boon Hai (front at second right) and Yeo’s wife, Datin Rohayah Pawzy (front right) are seen with the other Muslims praying for those killed in World War II in Labuan during the Remembrance Day 2016 event here.   

November 13, 2016

Remembrance Day that is held at Labuan World War II Memorial today has become a significant and an official calendar of event in Labuan.

Every year on Sunday, closest to November 11, Remembrance Day Ceremony is conducted in full military tradition to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice of 3,908 war heroes from Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, India and other commonwealth countries those killed in World War II here in this island.

In this year, Remembrance Day is commemorated on Sunday that falls on November 13, 2016.

The director of Labuan Corporation Arts, Culture and Tourism Department, Mahathir Abdul Hamid spoke that the event was jointly organised between Labuan Corporation and Mr. Willie Teo.

“The objective of this event is to create awareness to the public on the importance of history for young generation besides promoting the event to make Labuan a more tourism-oriented island,” he said.

Remembrance Day or Poppy Day is originated from the First World War (1914 – 1918), which is the auspicious day to commemorate the allied servicemen, who give their lives during the war.

Red poppies are worn at ceremonies such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day. The red poppies have become familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.    

There were poppies blooming across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in Word War I. Their brilliant red colour is an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. 

Among the significant and central elements of the Remembrance Day event are the laying of the wreaths, reversed arm (leaning on a weapon held upside down), the lone piper and flower of the forest, the sound of the last post and the moment of silence.

In this year, after the event, another Labuan’s historical site located in Botanical Garden is launched. It is a British government house and locally known as ‘Bumbung 12’.

For more information about the tourism in Labuan can contact Labuan Corporation Tourism, Culture and Arts Department at 087-408744 / 41 or by visiting Labuan Corporation website at or

Rozman in wreath laying ceremony.
The high commissioner, British High Commission to Brunei, David Campbell in about to lay the wreath.
The assistant defence adviser, Australian High Commision to Malaysia, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Fomiatti is laying the wreath.
The defence adviser, British High Commission to Brunei, Colonel Mike Page in the wreath laying ceremony.
The assistant defence adviser, Canadian High Commission to Malaysia, Major Dave Barr to lay the wreath.
Malaysian army in the event.

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