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Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Published on Aug 27, 2014 9:42 PM
 
A honor guard (centre) holds a soldiers' tablet during a ceremony to honor the dead soldiers of Taiwan killed in Myanmar during World War II, at the Martyr's Shrine in Taipei on Aug 27, 2014. Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.

A wooden plaque inscribed with Chinese characters reading "The spirits of the Republic of China officers and soldiers killed" was brought to the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei as a military band played solemn music.

It symbolises the souls of more than 56,000 soldiers who died in a series of bloody battles against Japan in Myanmar, according to the defence ministry.

"This is a special touching moment as we observe the 77th anniversary of war against Japan," said Mr Chen Chen-hsaing, a general-turned-legislator who had been pressing for the belated memorial event.

 
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