Where I come from, we learned a lot about World War II in Europe. We learned very little about what happened anywhere else.
World War II happened everywhere. That’s why it’s a world war. Where I come from, we forget that sometimes.
I first learned about what happened here in Singapore when, several years ago, I visited the National Museum and was riveted by what I read and heard and saw.
I was struck by how much I didn’t know.
Today I visited Kranji War Memorial to see what I hadn’t seen and to give my time to those who had given their hopes, their dreams, their lives.
Sometimes we forget that war kills people.
And we forget that war affects all of us, no matter who we are. No matter how we are similar or different.
Who are we, as people? Who do we want to be?
This cannot continue to be the way things are.
A peaceful world means an end to war, but it also means so much more than that.
Talking won’t build it, but I believe that action will.