The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council held a memorial Sunday for Nanjing Massacre victims in the eastern city of Nanjing.
Li Jianguo, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, attended the event.
Standing solemnly outside the Memorial Hall for the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, more than 10,000 representatives from all walks of life wore white flowers on the lapel, a symbol of condolence in China.
Sirens were blared at 10 a.m. as activities for China’s second National Memorial Day to recognize Nanjing Massacre victims proceeded in the capital of east China’ s Jiangsu province.
Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then China’s capital, on Dec. 13 of 1937 and started a 40-odd-day slaughter. More than 300,000 Chinese soldiers, who had laid down their arms, and civilians were murdered and over 20,000 women were raped.