Matsu wel­comes vets in search of old mem­o­ries

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment of the Matsu Is­lands, an out­post dur­ing the years of mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion be­tween the two sides of the Tai­wan Strait, is of­fer­ing to help sur­viv­ing vet­er­ans who served on the is­lands be­tween the 1950s and 1990s to search for cer­tain peo­ple, spe­cial sites or old mem­o­ries of serv­ing on the is­lands.

A spokesman for the Lienchi­ang County Gov­ern­ment’s Depart­ment of Cul­ture said Tues­day that the small is­lands, about 10 nau­ti­cal miles from the Chi­nese main­land, have wel­comed an in­creas­ing num­ber of tourists in re­cent years, but many of them are not aware that Matsu was an im­por­tant mil­i­tary post for over four decades un­til 1992, when it shed its mil­i­tary role.

Call­ing it a spe­cial mis­sion, the Depart­ment of Cul­ture said it be­lieves the ini­tia­tive, which will last un­til the end of July, can help many for­mer sol­diers and res­i­dents of the is­lands to ac­com­plish un­ful­filled dreams of their youth­ful years.

The Depart­ment of Cul­ture hopes that through its latest ini­tia­tive, a string of in­ter­est­ing sto­ries about the is­lands will add to the at­trac­tion of Matsu.

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