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More than 100 veterans set to attend military display in July

More than 100 veterans set to attend military display in July

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Over 100 retired Republic of China soldiers who fought in the War of Resistance against Japan are scheduled to attend a military parade in July to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROC's victory over Japan in the war, the Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday. The 1937-1945 conflict was part of World War II, in which Japan and the other Axis Powers were defeated. About 90 old soldiers will be among the attendees at the July 4 military display at an Army base in Hukou, Hsinchu County, the ministry said. Twenty-four retired soldiers will take part in a military parade at the event, wearing specially made uniforms resembling those worn by the ROC military during the war, the ministry said. The 24 veterans will board military vehicles that will ride through the venue to receive tribute to their contributions to the fight, the ministry said. President Ma Ying-jeou (???) is expected to inspect the military display, which will be attended by senior government officials and members of the public. The ministry has also invited foreign ambassadors, representatives and military attaches to the event. More than 3,800 military personnel are scheduled to participate in the event, which will also include a flyover featuring the military's various aircraft. The flyover will be followed by a ground parade, in which various weapons systems and aircraft used in the eight-year war against Japan, as well as the country's most advanced weapons systems, will go on display. The ministry said it had delivered an invitation to the event to an official with Japan's Interchange Association's Taipei Office June 26. The Interchange Association represents Japan's interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. However, a spokesman for the association told CNA that Japan's representative to Taiwan, Mikio Numata, had not received any invitation to the event. After the end of the war against Japan in 1945, the Chinese civil war intensified and the ROC government relocated to Taiwan in 1949 following its defeat at the hands of Chinese communist forces. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 03:27 GMT+08:00