Famous war memorials from around the world.

Wars should never happen. They are the most horrendous events in world history and the mere thought of them makes one sad and angry at the same time. Yet, war memorials are places to visit and remember thosewho once gave their lives for their country. Here are some famous ones you can visit.

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, Germany

This memorial was opened in 2005 in the memory and honour of all the Jews that lost their lives during the Nazi times. Holocaust Memorial hasfour themed rooms, Room of Names, Room of Families, Room of Dimensions, Room of Sites, and an information centerwhere you can find all the information about the holocaust victims. The memorial also showcases the personal belongings of victims such as photographs, diaries, and letters.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima Peace Memorial is one of the saddest yet significant places to visit in Japan. In 1996, the structure was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Historically, before the city was bombed in 1945, this building was the Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall. In the memorial, there is a plaque that quotes, “Let all the souls here rest in peace. For we shall not repeat the evil.”

India Gate, New Delhi, India

Previously known as the All-India War Memorial, it is one of the most recognized and visited monuments in India. The monument was built in the memory of 84,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in the First World War.The memorial also has Amar Jawan Jyoti, a structure that marks the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1972.

ChoeungEk Genocidal Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The site for this memorial during the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979 was known as the ‘Killing Fields. ChoeungEk Genocidal Centrehonoursover one million people who were executed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The site now has a Buddhist Stupa and is meant to send a signal of peace from a place with a terrifying history.

9/11 Memorial, New York, US

A devastating terrorist attack stuck the US on September 2001 when planes crashed into the World Trade Centre. A decade after this tragedy, in September 2011 9/11 Memorial was inaugurated where the twin towers once stood. There are two reflecting pools with bronze panels and have the names of all the people who lost their lives during this outrageous attack on humanity.

Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C., and Clairiere de l’Armistice, Compiegne, France are other best war memorials around the world.

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