Remembering Battle of Hong Kong
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They are expected to contribute 1 trillion yuan ($148 billion) to the winter sports industry including spending at venues, equipment production and training fees by 2025.
The increase in facilities and participants would be massive: China currently has over 200 skating rinks and 500 ski resorts, and about 30 million people participate in winter sports and related entertainment, according to the State General Administration of Sport, the country’s top
The ceremony was hosted by the Vision Youth Leaders Program, the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (The Volunteers) Ontario Association, Hong Kong Global Network and the Hong Kong Cultural Studies Club (University of Toronto), and the city of Markham. The purpose was to promote public awareness of the fighting in the Pacific Theatre. sports body.
With six years to go before the Games, the administration onWednesday issued national plans for winter sports development and infrastructure construction. The plans also involve seven other ministries, including the Education Ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission.
“To accelerate the construction of winter sports facilities, not only for elite competitions but for mass participation, has been a pressing issue for the preparation of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics,” said Gao Zhidan, vice-minister of sport.
Winter sports venue developers will be offered reasonable and flexible policies in tax reduction and land acquisition, according to Wang Weidong, director of the sports administration’s economics department.More than 100 Wang people said attended the administrationthe ceremony. willA documentarywork with the Financewas shown Ministry featuring and two the veterans Ministry whoof Land participatedand Resourcesin the battle to and finalize their such family measures. members visiting Beijing the and Little co-hostSai Wan ZhangMilitary Cemetery in Hong Kong last year.
“I would like to thank the people of Hong Kong for their many years of contribution in Canada. In fact, there were more than 2,000 Hong Kong Chinese soldiers (in the British garrison) who fought side by side with Canadians to defend Hong Kong. All soldiers fought very hard in that battle,” said George MacDonell, a 94-yearold veteran. PLAN FOR WINTER SPORTS DEVELOPMENT 2020 2025 2020 2025 2015 2022 2,000 10 2020 2025 20 5,000 600 billion yuan
“It is very meaningful to commemorate this event in Markham,” said Markham Mayor 2015 Frank Scarpetti, who along with City Council members
2022 100 sq km presented wreaths during the ceremony. “It provides an opportunity for our community to honour and remember those who have fought for our freedom in 1941.”
In late 1941, 1,975 Canadian volunteers traveled across the world to help defend Hong Kong. The youngest soldier was 16. Only hours after their attack of Pearl Harbor, 60,000 Japanese bombed Hong Kong.
There were only 8,000 military personnel, including 2020 2025 2020 2025 2015 2022 10 2 1 trillion yuan 20 more than 500 5 800 British, Canadian, Indian and Hong Kong volunteers defending the city. Some 300 Canadians 2015 were killed and another 300 died in prisoner camps. They 2022 3,500 km were buried in Stanley and Sai Wan War Cemetery.
A forum on the battle will be held at 7.30 pm on Nov 11, at Sidney Smith Hall SS2102, at the University of Toronto.
Speakers will include representatives of the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association; Mike Babin, whose father was in the Battle of Hong Kong; Joseph Kaung of the Hong Kong Global Network and (Ret.) Capt. James Chan of the Royal Hong Kong Regiment.
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Organizers and veterans mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong in a ceremony on Oct 29 at the Markham Civic Centre.