National Monument

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The National Monument is located at Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur and opposite the Lake Gardens. The monument is visited by many tourists that come to the city of Kuala Lumpur.

The idea for the construction of the National Monument (Tugu Peringatan Negara Malaysia) was mooted by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj in 1963 to commemorate the warriors who died defending the sovereignty of the country. The ceremony to commemorate the passing of these valiant soldiers are held here every year.

The 48,562 square metres area where the monument is located has 5 main components. They are the monument, the war memorial, the pavillion, the fountains and the surrounding gardens. The bronze monument represents the triumph of democracy was designed by Felix De Weldon (an American who was also the architect of the popular Iwo Jima Memorial, Washington) and was built at a cost of RM600,000. The memorial site, which was completed in 1966, took over five years to construct.

The National Monument stands at 15.54m high, and is made up of a diorama of seven bronze human figures, atop an oblong base; each figure denoting one of seven qualities: courage, leadership, sacrifice, strength, suffering, unity and vigilance. The topmost figure, at the centre, holds aloft the Malaysian flag. He is flanked on the left and right by two other soldiers, both armed; the figure on the left is armed with a machinegun, while the other carries a rifle and a bayonet. Kneeling slightly on the rightside of the central figure is a fourth soldier, who is tending to a fifth wounded compatriot. To the front and below these five figures are two fallen enemies.

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