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Songhu War Memorial Hall holds ceremony to commemorate Nanjing Massacre victims

    Shanghai Songhu War Memorial Hall joined other venues across the country to commemorate Nanjing Massacre victims by holding a memorial ceremony on Wednesday.

    The date marked the fourth National Memorial Day to honor the victims of the Nanjing Massacre, in which Japanese invaders killed about 300,000 Chinese after they captured the city, then the countrys capital, eight decades ago.

    The ceremony started with the majestic national anthem at 10am. The national flag was flown at half-mast, the eulogy was read, and soldiers and officers laid wreaths to the Monument to the Unsung Heroes. All present paid silent tribute to the Nanjing Massacre victims, along with the martyrs and compatriots dying during the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.

    The Battle of Songhu broke out in August 1937, when the Japanese invaders were met with strong resistance from Shanghais military and civilians. After finally landing on areas along Luojing, Xiaochuansha and Jinshanwei, the Japanese troops started to slaughter unarmed local residents. According to historical records, 2,244 people in Luojing area were killed by Japanese army, accounting for one fifth of the local population then.

    It is also reported that on the National Memorial Day, the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders received donation of more than 120 pieces of valuable relics and historical materials, including the seal John Rabe used during the Nanjing Massacre and the official seal of Shi Meiyu, the presiding judge of Military Tribunal of Nanjing Trial. These objects are of great historical value for better understanding of the crime of the Japanese invaders against Chinese people.