Celebration of the 67th anniversary of Margarana all-out struggle in the Memorial Park of Marga took place solemnly, Wednesday (Nov 20). Commander of the IX/Udayana Military Regional Command, Wisnu Bawa Tenaya, was asked to lead the flower sowing accompanied by Deputy Governor Sudikerta and Deputy Chief of Bali Police Dewa Putu Anom.
Furthermore, all participants comingled with residents to lay a wreath at the tomb of I Gusti Ngurah Rai. Then, it was resumed to the tomb of other great heroes lining up neatly. Until noon, families of the fighters continued to flock to Margarana. They organized a ceremony to each family tomb.
An interesting point of the spiritual activities was that the family of Japanese military also participated in sowing flowers in the celebration. According to them, they had historical ties with Margarana event because there were 20 people of their colleagues becoming the victims in the all-out battle.
They consisted of former Japanese soldiers in Singaraja who had joined in the troops of I Gusti Ngurah Rai. From a number of Japanese soldiers who died, 11 tombs could be identified. It was revealed by a former member of Japanese troops, Yoshiro Inagawa, 87, also denoting the Secretary of the Japan-Bali Association. (BTN/015)