War has been a part and parcel of the history of Imphal and Manipur largely over centuries. The city has borne the bruns of many wars and has always shown resilience to emerge a winner. The city has silently witnessed several wars over the centuries and the War Cemeteries were built as a tribute to all those killed in these wars.
Maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the War Cemeteries was built primarily to pay tribute to the British and Indian soldiers who were killed protecting the territory from the Japanese invasion during the Second World War.
The War Cemeteries are located 10 kilometres from Imphal on the Imphal-Dimapur Road. Thousands of soldiers have been rested here and their graves are marked with stone markers or bronze plaques. Though a cemetery, the place is very calm and serene. It reminds us of the valiant warriors without whom India would have failed to participate in the Second World War.