DID YOU KNOW How Motphran in Shillong derive its name?
SHILLONG | September 25, 2018:
The "Monument of France" which is locally known as "Motphran" was erected in memory of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps who served under the British in France during World War I.
Motphran is a monument dedicated to the porters of the 26th Khasi Labour Corps who had carried arms, ammunition and other essential items for the British soldiers during the First World War.
It bears the words of the famous Latin poet Horace "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" which can be roughly translated as "It is sweet and honourable to die for one's country".
The British had originally named it Mot France, but since the locals could not pronounce it so, it came to be known as Motphran, perfectly suiting their pronunciations.