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War Veteran’s 100th Birthday Celebration
Post Time: 19/04/2018

On March 18, the village of Dianxia of Suxi County, Yiwu, was celebrating the 100th birthday of Lou Xiaofa, a veteran of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The celebration started at 9:00 in the morning. The United Front Work Department of the Yiwu Municipal Party Committee, Yiwu Red Cross Society, officials from Suxi County, 11 veterans aged 90 and up, and almost 100 volunteers came to celebrate Lou Xiaofa’s birthday.

During the event, the volunteers presented the veterans with financial assistance, gifts, and flowers. Enjoying the celebratory atmosphere, the volunteers assisted the veterans in cutting a birthday cake and eating longevity noodles (a popular traditional noodle dish often served on birthdays and other special occasions). Songs such as “One, Two, Three Sailors’ Dance” and “Limitless Jiangshan” and many other famous items were on the event’s program. A martial arts performance, “Oriental Hero,” won thunderous applause from the audience.

Lou Xiaofa was born on the 2nd day of the 2nd month of the Chinese lunar calendar in 1919. In 1941, a tall, robust young man, Xiaofa enlisted in the army. In October of 1942, he and his battle companions flew from Kunming over the Himalayas to Dinjan Airfield, from where, passing through Ledo, they reached the Ramgarh Training Center, India. They became an expeditionary force. During the hard years of war, Lou Xiaofa trudged through 21 rugged mountain roads of Yunnan, crossed uninhabited tropical rainforests, waded through the rapid flow of the Yarlung Tsangpo River and swampy mountain valleys, and survived heat, malaria, and the war itself. All this has left the old man full of memories.

As of now, in the whole Yiwu area, there are only 25 veterans left from the National Revolutionary Army. The veterans’ average age is 95. The oldest veteran, Gong Zhanglang, is 101 years old; the youngest is 92. Cheng Qingmei, secretary general of the Jinhua Xiaojiaoya Foundation and president of Yiwu Hongshuijing Public Welfare Association, coordinated this birthday event. She said that every two months, volunteers from the Yiwu Hongshuijing Public Welfare Association and Yiwu Network Community Fellowship hold various events for the veterans. The veterans of the Second Sino-Japanese War are a key part of the nation’s heritage. Now, they are no longer in their prime. She hopes that through everyone’s joint efforts, the veterans can enjoy their final years in happiness. (By Qian Xusheng – Zhezhong News, translated by Nataliia Litvinova, edited by Kendra Fiddler)


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