At the Kranji war memorial yesterday, the Veterans' Affairs Minister, Warren Snowdon, announced the fast diminishing roll call. While 14,792 Australian servicemen and nurses were captured by the Japanese in Singapore in 1942, ''only 520 of those brave souls are still with us,'' he said. ''We are fortunate some of those who survived sit with us here today.''
It has been over 70 years since Singapore was captured in World War Two, resulting in many Australians becoming prisoners of war. Why, as young Australians, is it still so important to remember these events?
One Veteran says despite the passing of many of his comrades, he believes the sacrifices made in Singapore will grow stronger in the minds of Australians when they are all gone. How can young Australians continue to remember these sacrifices?
In the video, one veteran comments on the age of most of the soldiers being only 18, 19, and 20. Could you imagine young Australians of that age today enduring similar conditions to what the veterans endured? What do you think helped to motivate them through the tough times?