Chen Haosu, president of the Chinese People's Association for
Friendship with Foreign Countries, told a press conference on
Wednesday that more than 200 global veterans will sign the
Beijing Peace Declaration in the capital on September 3 to
mark the 60th anniversary of China's victory in the War of
Resistance Against Japanese Aggression.
They will also dedicate a 60 meter-long "Beijing Peace Wall" in
a suburban park.
Chen said a declaration will be engraved on the 10 meter-high
wall in Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, along with
the veterans' names.
"It will be a unique and historic event. As participants and
survivors of WWII, these veterans are willing to express their
desire to cherish life and peace," he said.
Veterans invited include a delegation of retired generals from
the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps. Other guests include John
Rossi, a former Flying Tigers pilot, and relatives of Canadian
surgeon Norman Bethune and others who joined the Chinese people in
their struggle against the Japanese invasion.
(Xinhua News Agency July 21, 2005)