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Descendant­s of Chinese soldiers join Anzac Day march with a simple plea: ‘no more wars’

- Jon Bassett

GRATITUDE, love and a hope for “no more wars” will inspire descendant­s of Chinese World War II soldiers marching as the newest group in the Anzac Day parade as they honour their forebears.

The Descendant­s of WWII Chinese Defence Force was formed in 2018 and now has 31 members aged 55 to 86.

Their relatives served with the communist People’s Revolution­ary Army and the nationalis­t Kuomintang during the united front of the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-45.

“We are taking part in the Anzac Day march to remember and honour our fathers and to make it clear that our peaceful life today in Perth has not come easily, and that we hope that there will be no more wars,” group leader Mary Cai said.

Ms Cai establishe­d the group after seeing the welcome for its sister organisati­on at Sydney’s Anzac Day parade in 2016.

Her father Cai Lie Yiu left Singapore to join the Communist New Fourth Army in China in 1941.

He fought on the frontline in his homeland until US bombing, including the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, forced Japan’s surrender in 1945.

“We must remember history and learn from it, by encouragin­g peace and respect for everyone and in this way war can be avoided,” Ms Cai said.

Dianella resident Na Zu, 76, had a father and a mother in the Communists’ 129th Division of the Eighth Route Army. “They participat­ed in many anti-Japanese wars, were not afraid of bloodshed and sacrifice, and made their contributi­on to the victory of WW II,” she said.

Embleton 86-year-old Pu Chen considers her father, the posthumous­ly-awarded Lieutenant-General Chen Zhongzhu, a hero after he became a leading Kuomintang commander.

Group members will join the annual Anzac Day march from 9am at the corner of Barrack Street and St

Georges Terrace, followed by an 11am commemorat­ive service at Perth Concert Hall.

 ?? Picture: Andrew Ritchie ?? Mary Cai and Pu Chen at the Flame of Remembranc­e and Pool of Reflection in Kings Park.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie Mary Cai and Pu Chen at the Flame of Remembranc­e and Pool of Reflection in Kings Park.
 ?? Picture: Andrew Ritchie ?? Mary Cai and Pu Chen.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie Mary Cai and Pu Chen.

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