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Matsu welcomes veterans looking for memories on islands

Matsu welcomes veterans looking for memories on islands

Taipei, June 23 (CNA) The local government of the Matsu Islands, an outpost during the years of military confrontation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, is offering to help surviving veterans who served on the islands between the 1950s and 1990s to search for certain people, special sites, or old memories of serving on the islands.
A spokesman for the Lienchiang county government's Department of Culture said Tuesday that the small islands, about 10 nautical miles from the Chinese mainland, have welcomed an increasing number of tourists in recent years, but many of them are not aware that Matsu was an important military post for over four decades until 1992, when it shed its military role.
Calling it a special mission, the Department of Culture said it believes the initiative, which will last until the end of July, can help many former soldiers and residents of the islands to accomplish unfulfilled dreams of their youthful years.
The islands are part of Lienchiang County, administered by the Republic of China. With a total population of a little over 10,000, they have in recent years lured many eco-travelers from around the world who come to see luminescent sea algae that appears between spring and summer. The phenomenon of the electric blue dots swimming along the coastline, known as "blue tears," has made an international name for Matsu.
The Department of Culture hopes that through its latest initiative, a string of interesting stories about the islands will add to the attraction of Matsu. (By J.F. Shen and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:19 GMT+08:00