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Emotional veterans attend event commemorating war against Japan

Emotional veterans attend event commemorating war against Japan

Taipei, July 4 (CNA) More than 100 retired Republic of China soldiers who fought in the War of Resistance against Japan attended a military display Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of the ROC's victory in the war, with some of them showing emotions at the commemorative event. Hsu Ming-te (???), one of the veterans, told reporters after attending the military display, that he felt like he was going back in time to the war years. "I've never seen anything like this. I've never seen such combat capabilities," said Hsu, a 91-year-old who fought in the war more than 70 years ago, when the ROC had to fight against Japan with much less advanced weapons systems. Hsu, a former Navy soldier, also expressed sadness over the deaths of many of his buddies in the military. "It would be the best if such a commemorative event had been held 20 years ago to mark the 50th anniversary (of the victory)," he said. That way, there would be more surviving ROC veterans who could attend, he added. Hsu was one of the 24 veterans who boarded military vehicles to take part in a parade during the military display to receive tributes for their courage in defending the country. They wore specially made uniforms resembling those worn by the ROC military during the war. There were dozens of other veterans who fought in the war sitting on the sides to watch the military display. Among them were John Chu (???), a former member of the American Volunteer Group (AVG), better known as the Flying Tigers. The group, which existed from 1941-1942, contributed to the ROC fight against Japan. "I'm happy to be back here," said Chu, 92. He was afraid that he will not be able to walk on his own in the coming years, so he must come to attend this year's commemorative event, he said. At Saturday's event, a total of 134 veterans who fought in the war received commemorative medals, made by the Ministry of National Defense, in recognition of their service in safeguarding the country. The display is among a series of events planned by Taiwan's military to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. The war against Japan (1937-1945) was part of World War II, in which Japan and the other Axis Powers were defeated. 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 Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 20:17 GMT+08:00