December 6, 2009

Madras War Memorial

Only few monuments in Chennai, the gateway city to South India, are neatly and properly maintained. Madras War Memorial is one among those few well maintained monuments in Chennai. (For those who do not know, Madras is another name for Chennai).

Madras War Memorial a.k.a. Madras War Cemetery is homage to those soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War in the period of 1939-1945 CE. The memorial houses 855 graves of soldiers belonging to Commonwealth forces. It also houses a grave of Polish Airman and four other non war graves. There is a beautiful Cross of Sacrifice in the memorial, which was set up on an Octagonal base that bears a bronze sword upon its shaft.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission set up the Madras War Cemetery in 1952 CE as homage to the people who dedicated their lives during the Second World War. This monument is located in  Nandampakkam area, which is hardly 5 kms from Chennai airport and around 14 kms from Central Railway Station. The nearest landmark is Chennai Trade Center that is located opposite to this monument.

Happy traveling.

Site Name: Madras War Memorial
Site Type: Memorial, Cemetery
Site Location: Nandampakkam area, Chennai city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highligts: A memorial to those soldiers who lost their lives during Second World War during 1939-1945

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