Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar
Published on Aug 27, 2014 9:42 PM
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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