Nanjing remembers the massacred
Local residents in Nanjing of East China's Jiangsu Province held activities over the weekend to commemorate the massacre committed by Japanese invaders 67 years ago.
On Saturday evening, a group of people, including those from government departments, enterprises and schools, visited the monument for the compatriots murdered in the massacre.
Holding candles and chrysanthemums, they stood in silent tribute, and then put the flowers at the foot of the memorial.
On December 13, 1937, invading Japanese troops started a massacre in Nanjing, killing more than 300,000 Chinese.
Sunday morning, crowds of people visited the Nanjing Memorial Hall of Compatriots Murdered in the Nanjing Massacre.
Many were from schools and universities. Students of Nanjing University read poems they had written, mourning the murdered and praying for world peace.
From 8 am to 10 am, a special ceremony was held for survivors of the massacre.
On behalf of 179 survivors, 20 of them, including Xia Shuqin, Luo Zhongxiang received certificates from Nanjing Massacre Survivors' Association.
The certificates not only show the identity of Nanjing Massacre survivors, but also provide assistance to their holders.
At the same time, the new web site of the memorial hall was officially open to the public -- www. nj1937.org.
"All these activities are spontaneously held by citizens or organized by the memorial hall," said Wu Jing, a city information office official. "The government will hold a solemn commemorative ceremony Monday and ring the alarm as we do every anniversary.''