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World World Two Veterans Mark ANZAC Day at Hellfire Pass along Thailand-Burma Border - 2004-04-26


World War Two veterans from Australia and New Zealand gathered in Thailand today (Sunday) to mark Anzak Day with a dawn vigil along the infamous Death Railway, where more than 110,000 people died.

The ceremony at Hellfire Pass, 110 kilometers west of Bangkok, was held as part of the day when Australia and New Zealand remember their war dead.

Hellfire Pass is the most notorious section of the Death Railway, built from Thailand into Burma. The Japanese army used prisoners of war from most allied powers and forced labor from several Asian countries to build the railway.

Part of the railway runs over the fabled Bridge on the River Kwai, the subject of an Oscar-winning movie in 1957.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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