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ROC to mark war-end anniversary with commemorative medals for veterans

ROC to mark war-end anniversary with commemorative medals for veterans

Taipei, June 9 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday that it will offer commemorative medals to veterans who participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War, as part of a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China's victory over Japan in 1945. The eight-year war against Japan was a part of World War II, in which Japan and the other Axis powers were defeated. Those who joined the ROC military before Sept. 3, 1945 to fight against Japan are eligible to apply to the Defense Ministry for the medal, said Lt. Gen. Hsu Yen-pu (???), who is responsible for the project, at a news conference. The design of the medal is based on a commemorative medal bestowed by the ROC government in October 1946 on those who served in the military and in government agencies during the war, he said. On the bottom of the medal is the Marco Polo Bridge, where Japan initiated an attack on ROC forces July 7, 1937, marking the start of the war. In the middle is a portrait of Chiang Kai-shek, who led the ROC military in the fight. Hsu said the ministry plans to produce 6,000 medals in the first stage, and that there is no deadline for veterans to submit their applications. Asked by reporters whether the applications will be limited to ROC nationals in Taiwan or whether those living in China or other countries will be able to apply, Hsu said that anyone who served in the ROC military during the war against Japan is eligible and that their contributions to the war effort should be valued. In 1937, the Chinese Communist Party and the Kuomintang agreed to cooperate to defend China against the Japanese invasion, although that cooperation was often cursory at best. The ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 after losing to the Chinese communist forces in the Chinese civil war. In the first stage, the ministry will accept applications filed by veterans themselves. In response to a suggestion by a lawmaker that the applications should also be opened to families of veterans who have died, ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (???) said that the issue will be dealt with later. More than 3 million soldiers and officers fought in the war, Luo said, and the ministry will first focus on granting the medals to veterans who are still alive in Taiwan, China and other countries. The ministry will review the applications and the commemorative medals will be granted in a ceremony to veterans whose applications pass a ministry review, as part of a series of commemorative events. Other events will include exhibitions and conferences on the ROC's fight against Japan and a July 4 military display that incorporates the Air Force, the Navy and the Army at a military base in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan. (By Lu Hsin-hui, Wen keui-hsiang and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-23 15:08 GMT+08:00