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Military kicks off National Day celebrations in Taipei

Military kicks off National Day celebrations in Taipei

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Taiwan kicked off a series of National Day celebrations with a military honor guard and marching band in Taipei Friday, the 103rd birthday of the Republic of China. About 400 members of the Ministry of National Defense Honor Guard and the Joint Military Marching Band gave a performance in the plaza in front of the Presidential Office to great applause by the audience. The Honor Guard demonstrated their rifle twirling skills, while the band played music written for the Army, Navy and Air Force. The 10-minute show began with a marching song written by a band member, and ended with the servicemen singing the anthem of the Whampoa Military Academy to mark its 90th anniversary. Founded in Guangzhou Province in China in 1924, the academy was relocated in 1950 to Taiwan and renamed the ROC Military Academy. It is seen as a symbol of the ROC armed forces, which fled to Taiwan in 1949 in a civil war against communist forces in mainland China. As part of the ROC National Day celebrations on a cloudy day, a formation of seven AT-3 jet trainers flown by the Thunder Tiger Aerobatics Team streaked over the Presidential Office, trailing red, white and blue smoke in a symbol of the ROC national flag. Students from local high schools and colleges also gave musical and dance performances at the ceremony, which was attended by President Ma Ying-jeou and many other government officials. Among the many foreign dignitaries also at the ceremony were Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, Honduran Vice President Lorena Enriqueta Herrera Estevez and Panama's first lady Lorena Isabel Castillo de Varela. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-10-21 23:41 GMT+08:00