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Tarxien war monument

In one of the Tarxien civic council monthly meetings, held on May 28, 1967, it was agreed that a monument to the Tarxien victims of war was to be erected in a prominent place in the locality.

Tarxien artist Raphael (Rafael) Bonnici Calì was asked to draw up a plan for a monument on the model of the Floriana obelisk War Memorial.  Permission was sought from the different departments to erect the monument. Before June 1971 the Tarxien civic council had all the necessary permits to erect a war monument on the traffic island in front of Villa Lefevre at the main entrance of Tarxien.

Most of the people of Tarxien contributed towards the erection of this monument. A concrete platform was built to take its weight. But by September 1972, all the permits which the Tarxien council had obtained to build it were abruptly withdrawn. In those days civic councils were not very popular with the government. The officers of the Tarxien civic council just bided time.

In 1988 the same officers regrouped and asked the government of the time for all the necessary permits to build the war monument to be ratified. Renowned sculptor Alfred Camilleri Cauchi was engaged to execute the new model.

The monument now had the figure of a man lamenting people from Tarxien who were killed during the last war. The names of the 63 dead were carved on two marble slabs. The unveiling ceremony took place on March 15, 1992, in front of the relatives of the deceased and several distinguished persons.  The promise of the Tarxien civic council to the people of Tarxien had been accomplished. Let us not forget what our forefathers did for all of us.

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