Cenotaph War Memorial, Colombo

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The Cenotaph War Memorial in Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka is dedicated to the military personal from Ceylon killed in action during the two world wars. It comprises a towering Cenotaph and Memorial Walls. The foundation stone was laid by Brigadier General Sir William Henry Manning, Governor of Ceylon on December 7, 1921 and was unveiled by him October 27, 1923 at the Galle Face Green and was known as the Victory tower. It was dismantled and re-erected at Victoria Park, during World War II after fears that the Japanese might use it as a marker to direct their artillery. The Cenotaph contains the names of those killed in the Great War, while the Memorial Wall behind it maintains the names of those killed in the Second World War. A single woman, Miss L. Midwood is listed among the dead of the Great war.
An annual National Service of Remembrance is held at the site on Remembrance Sunday, the closest Sunday to 11 November (Armistice Day) each year.
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  • It is a beautiful and a tall tower located beside the pubic Library in a central place in Colombo. Both the War Memorial and the public library are on a due of Victoria ark and can see both in one...  more »
  • This is a war memorial for ceylonese who gave their lives during l and ll world wars. The tower is dedicated for l world war and walls are for the ll world war.  more »
  • We were passing by a beautiful place, Mr. Gamini, our driver told us it was a war memorial for Sri Lankan people who died for the country ! He also mentioned there was a memorial for Peace keeping...  more »

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