The poppies are a symbol of the war dead. Rubble created by sustained bombing began to leach lime into the soil, coincidentally conducive for this blood-red flower to bloom in unprecedented quantities. After the lime was absorbed deeper into the ground, the poppies disappeared just as mysteriously as they had arrived. They now symbolise the blood shed for the noble cause.
The cross, a Christian symbol of salvation, stands resolutely over the cemetery, a pleasant reassurance of Christian soldiers eternal destination.
Our first stop - Changi War Museum. Photography was not allowed inside the museum so most of the photos are of the replica chapel found inside the old Changi Prison.
The Battlefield Tour photo essay is out. Here are some selections, but view it in its entirety at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=60336&l=46f7d&id=524401104.