Taiwan News Encyclopedia: Armed Forces Day

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-09-02

In 1955, the defense ministry designated September 3rd as Armed Forces Day to commemorate victory over Japan in WWII. It was on that day in 1945 that Japan delivered a letter of surrender to the Republic of China government in Nanjing, signaling the end of the war. The Republic of China is Taiwan’s official name.

Every year on Armed Forces Day, the president and other high-ranking officials visit the Martyr’s Shrine in Taipei to pay tribute to the servicemen enshrined there, who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

This year Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan will not be able to celebrate Armed Forces Day with servicemen. He is in Central and South America for a visit and won’t be returning to Taiwan until September 8th.    [FULL  STORY]

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