WWII re­mem­bered be­fore Nor­man Bethune Me­mo­rial

Remembering the Cana­dian vet­er­ans who fought side-by-side with Chi­nese against Ja­pan in East Asia

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By RENA LI in Toronto re­nali@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

An event to com­mem­o­rate the 70th An­niver­sary of the Vic­tory of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s War of Re­sis­tance against Ja­panese Ag­gres­sion and the World Anti-Fas­cist War was held on Aug 16 in Graven­hurst.

“To­day, we are stand­ing here in front of the Nor­man Bethune Me­mo­rial to com­mem­o­rate the tri­umph of good over evil,” said Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral in Toronto Xue Bing at the event. “Not only to cher­ish the mem­ory of the mar­tyrs who laid down their lives, but also to jointly de­fend the fruits of the vic­tory of the Sec­ond World War, to main­tain the hard-won peace so as to avoid a rep­e­ti­tion of the his­tor­i­cal tragedy.”

Chi­nese troops, in­clud­ing the Eighth Route Army and the New Fourth Army along with the Kuom­intang army, made great con­tri­bu­tions to the Anti-Ja­panese War ef­fort start­ing in 1931, opened up the main ori­en­tal bat­tle­field of the Sec­ond World War and pro­vided strong sup­port to the Al­lies’ strate­gic ac­tions in both Europe and the Pa­cific.

Ac­cord­ing to Xue, the Chi­nese peo­ple also got valu­able help from many coun­tries in­clud­ing Canada, and many Cana­di­ans fought sideby-side with the Chi­nese dur­ing the war. Doc­tor Nor­man Bethune was an out­stand­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive among them, Xue said.

Another Cana­dian doc­tor Till­son Har­ri­son also made valiant ef­forts to help the Chi­nese peo­ple dur­ing the war, and sac­ri­ficed his own life for the lib­er­a­tion of China.

The Chi­nese peo­ple will also never for­get the brave Cana­dian pilots who flew over “The Hump” of the Hi­malayas, trans­port­ing strate­gic ma­te­ri­als from In­dia to China, and the 1,975 Cana­dian sol­diers, who fought against the Ja­panese mil­i­tary forces for the de­fense of Hong Kong dur­ing WWII.

This year also marks the 45th an­niver­sary of the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween China and Canada, with ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion in all fields from both sides still grow­ing steadily.

“Our bi­lat­eral cul­tural and peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes and con­tacts have been de­vel­op­ing fast,” Xue said. “I am so proud of what we have achieved in the past four decades. I be­lieve that the event we are hold­ing to­day will fur­ther deepen the mu­tual un­der­stand­ing be­tween our two peo­ples, help us to re­mem­ber history and open up a bright fu­ture.”

Bethune fam­ily mem­ber Stephen Lind­ley, On­tario’s min­is­ter of cit­i­zen­ship, immigration and in­ter­na­tional trade Michael Chan, Muskoka dis­trict coun­cilor Steven Cle­ment, Graven­hurst coun­cilor Randy Jor­gen­son and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chi­nese Com­mu­nity also at­tended the com­mem­o­ra­tion.


Chi­nese Con­sul Gen­eral in Toronto Xue Bing (right) is joined by cu­ra­tor of the Bethune Me­mo­rial House Scott David­son (cen­tre) and Muskoka dis­trict coun­cil­lor Steven Cle­ment (left) dur­ing a visit to the Nor­man Bethune Me­mo­rial on Aug 16 in Graven­hurst.

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