Father, son to march for V-Day parade

Like father, like son.

The old saying can perfectly describe a duo, who have been busy training for an upcoming military parade in Beijing.

The event will be held early next month to mark China’s victory in its war against Japanese aggression and the victory of the world anti-fascist war.


Cai Yunfan and Cai Zhiyue are both from Guangzhou Military Area Command in south China.

They both belong to an active-duty honorary unit that will take part in China’s V-Day military parade on Sept. 3.

For the past three months, they have been training hard in a camp in the suburbs of Beijing.

But their relationship is more than being fellow soldiers.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) CAI YUNFAN & CAI ZHIYUE, Guangzhou Military Area Command:
“I’m from the active-duty honorary unit of the South China Guerrillas with the Guangzhou Military Area Command. I’m the unit leader Cai Yunfan.

I’m a soldier of the active-duty honorary unit of the South China Guerrillas. My name is Cai Zhiyue.

He is my son.

He is my father.”

Cai Zhiyue says, growing up at a military family, he had rarely spent such a long time with his father.

Being trained for the V-Day parade this time has provided him a chance to know more about his father.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) CAI ZHIYUE, Guangzhou Military Area Command:
“I’m so excited about being able to go through military training with my father at the camp, because I haven’t spent such a long time with him since I was a child. And it also feels special to be able to train together with my father.”

The Cais chose not to reveal their relationship to anyone when they first arrived at the training base.

Cai Zhiyue says he never felt privileged just because his father is the unit leader.

He says, on the contrary, he has to be more hard-working for that reason.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) CAI ZHIYUE, Guangzhou Military Area Command:
“As a soldier, I fall under the same discipline as anyone else. But in my heart, as I’m the son of the unit leader, I makes sterner demands of myself. I do it not only for myself, but also for my father. I hope he feels proud of me.”

Like father, like son.

The senior Cai thinks the same.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) CAI YUNFAN, Guangzhou Military Area Command:
“I treat every soldier at my unit as my child. My demands for each of them are the same. But in my heart, for my son, just because he is my son, I’m stricter to him.”

As the military parade is just around the corner, the duo say they feel proud that they can be part of the team, and are looking forward to bringing the best of themselves for the nation, and for the world.

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