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Retired soldiers mark '823 artillery battle' of 1958

Retired soldiers mark '823 artillery battle' of 1958

A total of 520 veterans and their family members arrived in the outlying county of Kinmen Friday to take part in a series of activities marking the 50th anniversary of an artillery battle that broke out Aug. 23 1958.
Former Premier Hau Pei-tsun, who was commander of a military division that fought in the battle, was among the group comprising soldiers and military officers who fought in the battle and the offspring of service members slain in the battle.
The group and a 30-member delegation of Hau's former unit led by Lu Fang-yen, president of an association for comrades in the battle, took a ferry to Xiaojinmen island to pay tribute at a public cemetary for soldiers and military officers who fought and died in the battle, commonly known as the 823 artillery battle.
They also visited an 823 artillery battle museum on the island, which is part of Kinmen County -- a group of small islands and islets located 33 kilometers from Xiamen City in the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian.
The group and the delegation are on a three-day visit to the county during which they will view military defense displays at the Kinmen Defense Command. They will also attend a public ceremony to be presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou Sunday in commemoration of officers and enlisted men killed in the battle.
As part of the memorial activities, a painting and stamp exhibition opened in Kinmen Friday and a military peformance of singing and dancing was staged as well.
During the 823 artillery battle, military and civilians pulled together to defend Taiwan from being conquered by the Communist Party of China, laying the foundation for the ensuing half century of peace and prosperity in Taiwan.
The number of Taiwanese people who were injured and killed in the battle reached some 140, according to statistics.


Updated : 2021-02-27 21:29 GMT+08:00