Ma hon­ors vets for 2nd Sino-Ja­panese War vic­tory

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou yesterday hon­ored vet­er­ans who took part in the R.O.C.’s vic­tory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War 70 years ago with com­mem­o­ra­tive medals.

Stress­ing that tens of thou­sands of R.O.C. sol­diers and cit­i­zens died dur­ing the war with Ja­pan from 1937-1945 — the blood­i­est and largest war in the history of the Chi­nese peo­ple in de­fend­ing an in­va­sion force — Ma noted that one must al­ways re­mem­ber history.

“While his­tor­i­cal mis­takes may be for­given, his­tor­i­cal truths must not be for­got­ten,” Ma said, adding that Tai­wan must make sure that a sim­i­lar war will never hap­pen again.

Ma made the com­ments dur­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held at the R.O.C. Mil­i­tary Academy in Kaoh­si­ung yesterday.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Ma gave com­mem­o­ra­tive medals to 25 rep­re­sen­ta­tives in honor of their sac­ri­fice.

The 25 vet­er­ans were the first to re­ceive a first batch of a to­tal 6,000 com­mem­o­ra­tive medals to com­mem­o­rate the 70th an­niver­sary of the R.O.C.’s vic­tory over Ja­pan in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War.

The latest com­mem­o­ra­tive medal is an ex­act replica of the one is­sued by the R.O.C. gov­ern­ment in Oc­to­ber 1946, ac­cord­ing to the De­fense Min­istry.

The back­ground of the medal is a view of the March Polo Bridge, also known as the Lu­gou Bridge, (

) to com­mem­o­rate the Marco Polo Bridge In­ci­dent, or the July 7th In­ci­dent ( ), a bat­tle be­tween the R.O.C.’s Na­tional Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Army and the Im­pe­rial Ja­panese Army on July 7, 1945 that is of­ten seen as the be­gin­ning of the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War.

A por­trait of for­mer R.O.C. Presi- dent Chi­ang Kai-shek is on the medal to com­mem­o­rate his con­tri­bu­tion to the vic­tory, the min­istry said.

Chi­ang served as chair­man of the Na­tional Mil­i­tary Coun­cil of the Na­tion­al­ist gov­ern­ment of the R.O.C. and led the coun­try to vic­tory in the Sec­ond Sino-Ja­panese War, it noted.

Yesterday’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was at­tended by more than 1,000 mil­i­tary cadets from the Army, Navy and Air Force academies, as well as from the Na­tional De­fense Univer­sity

and Na­tional De­fense Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Grad­u­at­ing Cadets

Join­ing the cer­e­mony were nine mil­i­tary cadets that have pre­vi­ously grad­u­ated from mil­i­tary academies in the United States.

The nine, in­clud­ing four women, had pre­vi­ously been cho­sen by the R.O.C. Army, Navy and Air Force academies, in 2011 to study over­seas in Amer­ica.

They were the Army’s Wang Ling-erh ( ) Hu Ching-wei (

), the Navy’s Chung Min-hung ( ) and the Air Force’s Tseng Chin-min ( ) who stud­ied at Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute; the Army’s Chen Chia-ying ( ) who stud­ied in Nor­wich Univer­sity; the Navy’s Tsao Yi-ching ( ), the Air Force’s Fang Ya-fang ( ), the Army’s Liang Ting-wei ( ) who stud­ied at the Ci­tadel; as well as the Army’s Lee Yu ( ) who stud­ied at West Point.

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