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That’s how long it has been since the fall of of Singapore, an event that overwhelmingly defined the end of the British Empire in Southeast Asia.

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In Australia the event is being marked by little more than the small and poignant ceremony in country Australia here, an event I wish I could have attended.

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I have no time to research any other events that are being held, either in Singapore or beyond, to remember the day, but I imagine that an event on any scale would struggle to match the significance of this seminal moment in the history of modern Southeast Asia.

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Lest we forget.

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