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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday attended the state ceremony for China's first National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims.
The state ceremony for Nanjing Massacre victims is held to rouse all peace-loving people to yearn for and work towards peace rather than to incite hatred. Chinese and Japanese people should keep their friendship from generation to generation, learn from history and look forward to a future where they can contribute towards peace for all mankind.
History will not tolerate anyone who wants to deny the fact of the Nanjing Massacre, nor will the 300,000 Nanjing Massacre victims, the 1.3 billion Chinese people, and all the peace-loving people in the world.
Today's China has become a strong nation that is able to protect its citizens' peaceful life, and the days have long gone when the Chinese were trampled and suffered abuse from outside. The Chinese people are in high spirits and vigorously following the road of socialism with Chinese characteristics, and are striving to realize the two hundred-year goals and the Chinese dream of rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. China's development prospects are bright.
On Feb 27, 2014, China's top legislature approved two new national days, namely the Victory Day of the Chinese People's War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression and the National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims, to commemorate Nanjing Massacre victims and all those killed during Japanese aggression against China.
Victory Day: Sept 3 - the day after Japan officially surrendered in 1945
National Memorial Day: Dec 13 – the day Japan occupied Nanjing in 1937 and began a six-week massacre
Almost all countries have experienced wars and have lost citizens in those conflicts. And many countries have a day set aside to pay tribute to the dead. It serves to help people to not forget their history and also is a solemn reminder of the scourges of war.
Let's explore how countries across the world observe their memorial days.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust. The Holocaust is the genocide that resulted in the systematic annihilation of six million European Jews and the murders of millions of others by the Nazi regime.
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (Or Pearl Harbor Day)
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is to remember and honor all those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
It is a tradition to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff until sunset in honor of dead patriots. Some organizations hold special events in memory of those killed or injured at Pearl Harbor.
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Day)
27 Nisan (April/May)
It is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its allies during the Holocaust and to honor those involved in the Jewish resistance in that period.
On Yom HaShoah, ceremonies and services are held at schools, military bases and by other public and community organizations. On the eve of Yom HaShoah and the day itself, places of public entertainment are closed by law. Israeli television airs Holocaust documentaries and Holocaust-related talk shows, and low-key songs are played on the radio. Flags on public buildings are flown at half mast.
It marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union). The Victory Day parade, the annual Red Square military parade, is held to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany.
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