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Descendants of U.S. presidents invited to World War II events

Descendants of U.S. presidents invited to World War II events

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday that Taiwan's government has invited descendants of former United States presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower to join the Republic of China's commemoration of the victory over Japan in World War II. The three presidents made great contributions to the ROC's efforts in countering Japanese aggression in the second Sino-Japanese War from 1937 to 1945, Ma told a gathering at Taipei's Grand Hotel to mark the ROC's victory and the retrocession of Taiwan in 1945. Also invited are a daughter and niece of Gen. Claire Chennault, commander of the 1st American Volunteer Group that is more commonly known as the Flying Tigers, the president said. The government will also issue a citation honoring German businessman John Rabe and American missionary Winnie Vautrin for their brave acts in saving thousands of Chinese during the war from Japanese brutality, according to Ma. Another hero to be honored in the ROC's series of events marking the end of WWII is Ho Feng-shan (???), an ROC diplomat in Vienna who became known as "China's Schindler" for helping hundreds of Jewish people escape Nazi persecution, Ma said. In showing gratitude and appreciation for these heroes and heroines and commemorating the country's victory in its war against Japanese invasion, Ma said the ROC was simply trying to make sure that the lessons of the past were not forgotten. "We are not flaunting our victory; we are hoping to prevent another war. We are not instigating hatred; we are just denouncing aggression and promoting peace," he said. As a gesture to show the country's indebtedness to its war veterans, the president said all surviving veterans and their children, no matter where they are, will be given commemorative medals. The Republic of China was the official name of mainland China from 1912 to 1949, but its seat of government was moved to Taiwan when the Nationalists (Kuomintang) lost to the Communists in China's civil war. Taiwan and several outlying areas are still formally known as the Republic of China today. (By Kelven Huang and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-18 09:22 GMT+08:00