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UK says, Thank you Kohima

A delegation of senior officials of the British Army and Assam Rifles pay tribute at the Kohima War Cemetery on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Apr. 2009 1:33 AM IST
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“On the 65th anniversary of the battle, when we go home, we shall tell of you and say for our tomorrow you gave yours today” this is what the 2nd Division of the British Army assured their brave fallen comrades who sacrificed their life at the historic ‘Battle of Kohima,’ on occasion of the 65th anniversary Saturday. A delegation of senior officials of the British Army led by Maj Gen David Mac Dowall, MBC, GOC 2nd Division brought the message from UK on a wreath that was laid at the WW-II war cemetery. The visiting British official delegation assisted by Assam Rifles conducted the ritual ceremony inside the War Cemetery and paid their rich tributes to their fallen comrades. Later, the delegation also visited Kohima village to distribute scholarship to students under the Kohima Educational Trust (KET) which was instituted by the British World War-II Veterans and their children in 2002 to pay back the Nagas for their support and contribution to the British Army and the Allied Force during the WW-II particularly the historic Battle of Kohima. Talking to media persons, Robert Lyman, Chairman of the KET said the trust was a way to say thank you to Kohima for their support and contributions made to the British and the Allied Force during the battle of Kohima. “The best things is to give back to Kohima to say thank you,” he said and revealed that the trust was supported by more than 1000 war veterans out of the total 6000 who financially contributed to the trust. Under the KET, students were given scholarships and so far more than 50 students had benefited from the scholarship. He revealed there were a library project and also a plan to set up hostel under the trust. Commenting on Kohima which had created a niche on the world map after the historic battle of Kohima during the WW-II, Lyman said “Kohima itself was a significant place in the world but many doesn’t realize. To the world, Kohima doesn’t exist before the battle of Kohima.”

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