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Defense Ministry to hold exhibition to mark wartime victory over Japan

Defense Ministry to hold exhibition to mark wartime victory over Japan

Taipei, July 3 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense will hold an exhibition next week to highlight the Republic of China's War of Resistance against Japan, as part of a series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROC's victory in the war that ended in 1945. The exhibition is scheduled to kick off July 7, the date when the eight-year war began in 1937, according the ministry. The displays will include 24 large oil paintings, plotting maps, historical photos and documents on significant battles during the war against Japan, which was fought almost entirely on Chinese soil, the ministry said earlier this week. Organized by the ministry, the exhibition is a series of events aimed at reminding the public of ROC military's contribution to the country and its triumph in the war that lasted from 1937 to 1945. About 3.21 million ROC servicemen and officers died, were injured or went missing during the war, said ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (???). At least 20 million ROC civilians also died in the war, he added. The truth about the 8-year war was that Chiang Kai-shek led the ROC military in the fight against Japanese invasion, fighting numerous battles and eventually achieving victory, Luo said. "The mistakes in history may be forgiven, but the historical truth cannot be forgotten," he said. The exhibition is aimed at commemorating the victory against Japan and also the beginning of peace and the end of rivalry, he added. The exhibition will run through June 24, 2016 at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. Other events to mark the anniversary of the end of the war include a large-scale military display at an Army base in Hukou, Hsinchu County, on July 4, and concerts in August, the Defense Ministry said. (By Lu Hsin-hui and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-18 15:42 GMT+08:00