Sirens sound to remember ‘9/18’

A flag-raising ceremony is held at a museum featuring the “9/18 Incident” in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, yesterday. On September 18, 1931, Japanese forces attacked the barracks of Chinese troops in Shenyang, marking the beginning of the Japanese invasion and an occupation that lasted 14 years. Sirens sounded yesterday morning in Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces in China’s northeast, the first areas that fell victim to the Japanese invaders, to observe the 80th anniversary. In Shenyang, the sirens began at 9:18am and lasted for three minutes, while more than 1,000 people from the central and local governments, the People’s Liberation Army and all walks of life gathered to commemorate the anniversary.