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Friday, August 1, 2008

Tugu Negara, National Monument

Tugu Negara, National War Monumen Malaysia  

Tugu Negara, literally National Monument in Malay, is a sculpture that commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggles for freedom, principally against the Japanese occupation during World War II and Malayan Emergency from 1948 till 1960. It is located in the national capital, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is situated near the monument.

The monument depicts a group of soldiers holding the Malaysian national flag, Jalur Gemilang aloft. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice.

Constructed in 1966, the monument is 15 meters tall, made of bronze and was designed by Austrian sculptor Felix de Weldon, who was also responsible for the famed USMC War Memorial in Virginia, United States.

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