'The World's Unknown Soldiers Killed in World War Two' are remembered in a memorial built at Kyoto, Japan, by the Ryozen Kannon Kai-- a religious foundation.
L.V. The Kodaiji Temple where monument is located.
S.V. Girl pulling cord which unveils monument.
S.C.U.PAN Down memorial.
C.U.REAR VIEW The Chief Priest reading prayer.
G.V. People at the ceremony.
C.U. The Chief Priest.
S.V. Mustafa Yusef - United Arab Republic Ambassador - seated.
C.U. Buddhist statue.
S.V. PAN From flowers to Dutch Consul General, W.H. de Ross.
S.C.U. Japanese parents and children in traditional dress pass monument.
S.C.U. People past monument.
C.U. Plaque on monument.
C.U. Wreath from The United Arab Republic.
S.V.PAN From feet up to faces of mountain warriors.
LV. G.V. Procession of people towards monument, Statue of "Kanon", the Buddhist God of Mercy in background.
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Background: 'The World's Unknown Soldiers Killed in World War Two' are remembered in a memorial built at Kyoto, Japan, by the Ryozen Kannon Kai-- a religious foundation.
Comprising a 14 ft. by 5 ft. marble monument, surmounted by a statue of Kannon--the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy---- this memorial was unveiled on June 8th. Dedicated to the Unknown Warriors of the World it also commemorates the 49,145 foreign servicemen killed on Japanese soil during that war. Among the guests were representatives of the Ryozen Kannon Kai, the Japanese Government, and the Governments of the United Arab Republic, the Dominican Republic, Holland and several other countries.
To a Buddhist choir and the tolling of the nearby Ryozen Kannon temple's ceremonial bell the veil was drawn aside, revealing the startling white monument. The Ryozen Kannon Kai north plan to build the stupa--- a kind of Buddhist tower--containing urns filled with earth from the World War battlefields and war shrines around the world.
The inscription on the monument runs;- all honour to him, friend or foe, who fought and died for his country! May the tragedy of his supreme sacrifice bring to us, the living, enlightenment and inspiration; fill us with the over-mounting zeal for the all-compelling quest of peace, World peace and universal brotherhood.