75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore
15 February 2017 - 75 years after the surrender of Singapore to the Imperial Japanese Army. The surrender came at the end of 70 days of brutal fighting down the Malayan Peninsula and the island of Singapore, and it heralded the start of three and a half years of Japanese military occupation.
This will be the first time former Allied nations, including Singapore, are working together, in committee, with Japan to organise a Commemoration Ceremony in the spirit of reconciliation and healing. This is in recognition of the fact that all nations have suffered in World War II, and after 75 years, former enemies are moving into the future as firm partners in peace.
The committee is made up of the Embassies/ High Commissions of Australia, Canada, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom; and representatives from Singapore's Ministry of Defence, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Armed Forces' Veterans League, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore National Cadet Corps, The Singapore Scout Association, The Changi Museum, and the Battlebox.