Pride of na­tions to march in pa­rade

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHI­NADAILY

A busy sched­ule awaits par­tic­i­pants in Thurs­day morn­ing’s vic­tory pa­rade in Tian’an­men Square.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and first lady Peng Liyuan will ar­rive in the square at 9 am to welcome guests and have a group pic­ture taken at the Tian’an­men Ros­trum.

A to­tal of 1,200 mem­bers of theCho­rus of theChi­nese Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army will per­form along­side the Mil­i­tary Band.

At 10 am, a 70-gun salute will be fired be­fore the na­tional flag is raised and the na­tional an­them played.

Xi will de­liver a speech be­fore in­spect­ing troops. Af­ter­ward, the march past will be­gin and last for about 50 min­utes.

A he­li­copter parad­ing the na­tional flag will fly by, es­corted by two other he­li­copters. Another 20 mil­i­tary he­li­copters will fly over­head form­ing the fig­ure 70 to mark the 70th an­niver­sary com­mem­o­ra­tions. Seven fighter jets will fly past.

More than 300 vet­er­ans and their de­scen­dants will pass by in two ve­hi­cle for­ma­tions.

Eleven for­ma­tions of Chi­nese troops will march past, in­clud­ing 51 fe­male honor guards. It is the first time fe­male honor guards have joined a pa­rade.

Sev­en­teen for­ma­tions of for­eign troops will march past in this or­der: Afghanistan, Be­larus, Cam­bo­dia, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Laos, Mexico, Mon­go­lia, Pak­istan, Ser­bia, Ta­jik­istan, Van­u­atu, Venezuela and Rus­sia.

Twenty-seven ar­ma­ment for­ma­tions will then be pa­raded.

Ground as­sault troops, air de­fense and anti-mis­sile troops, the Naval Oper­a­tions Unit, Strate­gic Strike Force, In­for­ma­tion Sup­port­Unit and Lo­gis­tics and Equip­ment Sup­port will join the com­mem­o­ra­tions.

The events will end with 10 Air Force for­ma­tions fly­ing over the square and doves and bal­loons be­ing re­leased.

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