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Prince Andrew pays homage at World War II cemetery in Nagaland

PTI  Kohima, May 01, 2012
First Published: 13:24 IST(1/5/2012) | Last Updated: 13:26 IST(1/5/2012)

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, on Tuesday paid homage to the hundreds of soldiers of the Allied Forces who fell in the fierce battle of Kohima in 1944 in the Second World War, at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Kohima.


Prince Andrew, who is visiting India to commemorate the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, is the first person from the royal family to visit the war cemetery constructed in memory of soldiers of the Allied Forces.

He will also visit the Second World War Museum at Kisama Heritage Village, 12 km south of here, officials said.

The Nagaland government is arranging a civic reception in the honour of the visiting royal later in the day at the convention centre of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) near the civil secretariat complex.

The apex tribal council Naga Hoho has welcomed Prince Andrew.

In a statement, Hoho president Kevilatuo Kewho and vice president Inaka Assumi said the World War Cemetery would perhaps remind the Prince of the crucial role Nagaland and its people had played in world history and history of the British empire.

"We believe memories are long and for all the support and sacrifices made for the British empire, the brave warriors of the Naga Hills will not be forgotten by the British government," the statement said.

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