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President attends joint military academy graduation ceremony

President attends joint military academy graduation ceremony

Kaohsiung, June 29 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou encouraged graduates of military academies to be ready to sacrifice themselves for noble causes when serving their country when he attended a joint graduation ceremony in Kaohsiung Friday. Graduation from military academy marks the beginning of life in the services, Ma said, adding that officers should never stop learning and seeking progress. A total of 1,088 graduates of National Defense University, the National Defense Medical Center, the Republic of China Military Academy, ROC Naval Academy and ROC Air Force Academy gathered for the ceremony, which took place at the Military Academy in the southern city. Gambian President Yahya J.J. Jammeh, who is on a state visit to the country, also addressed the ceremony and said that Taiwan is a model for his country. Three of the eight graduates from Taiwan's allies that received their diplomas that day are from The Gambia. Ma told the graduates that besides protecting the country, the military has a new battlefield -- disaster prevention and relief -- because of the extreme weather that has hit Taiwan in recent years. Therefore, he went on, military officers should be compassionate and able to feel empathy for people hit by such disasters. (By Wang Shwu-fen and Kay Liu)


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:09 GMT+08:00