**This event is hosted by the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society.**
Once again it is the time of year when we pause to reflect on the sufferings and sacrifices of our soldiers, sailors and airmen through so many wars. November 11th is Remembrance Day / Veterans Day in the Allied countries, and I hope that you will take a moment to pause at the 11th hour on the 11th day of November to remember those who gave so much for the freedom that so many take for granted today.
From August 1942 to September 1945 more than 4,350 Allied prisoners of war were held in 14 POW camps on the island of Taiwan. They suffered terribly at the hands of their Japanese captors and more than 10% of the POWs died. In 1997, the Kinkaseki / Taiwan Prisoner of War Memorial was built and dedicated at Jinguashi, and every year since then a Remembrance Day service has been held on the site of the old POW camp. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the dedication of the memorial.
The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society with assistance from the Australian Office in Taipei is holding the annual Remembrance / Veterans Day service on Sunday November 12th at 11:00 am. This year we will have nine family members of the former Taiwan POWs returning for the event.
Following the service everyone is invited to join together for a picnic lunch in the community center.
Chartered buses will depart from the east side of the Grand Hyatt Hotel – #2 SongShou Road – sharp at 9:15am, and will leave Jinguashi for the return to Taipei around 2 pm. The cost for the bus and lunch is NT$500 and reservations are required.
Reservations for the Remembrance Day event can be made by contacting Sabrina Wu at the Australian Office in Taipei – Tel: 02 8725-4137 or email to: Sabrina.Wu@dfat.gov.au
Please book early to ensure you have a place on the bus.
The deadline for the bus reservations is – 5pm Wednesday, November 8th.
It is highly recommended that the bus transportation provided be used, as there is no parking for private vehicles at the site, special vehicle permits are required for access to the park on weekends, and we cannot be responsible for anyone getting lost on the way or being late for the service, if going by private vehicle.
We would also appreciate it if those who wish to go on their own would kindly contact Sabrina to let her know, so that enough seating, programs and food can be prepared.
Everyone is welcome to join us for this year’s special event and we hope that many will come out to remember and honour the men to whom we owe a debt that can never be repaid.
For more information about the Remembrance Weekend events, please visit the Society website at: www.powtaiwan.org .
Reservations are to be made with Sabrina only.
With best regards,
Michael Hurst MBE