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A glimmer OF HOPE IN THE TWILIGHT OF LIFE
    2015-08-06  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Shen Xianzhi

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    THREE elderly men hugged and patted each other on the shoulders, tears running down their faces and hands trembling with excitement. They were Yang Chaodi, Li Xizhao and Wang Hongtai, who more than 70 years ago were schoolmates at Xianju Middle School and later served in the same battalion of the KMT army. This was the first time they had seen each other after retiring from the army so many decades ago. They were among the 64 KMT veterans who attended a party held at Linhai Overseas Grand Hotel on July 24, which was part of a care project organized by the Taizhou Chamber of Commerce in Shenzhen.

    This is the fourth year that the chamber has visited Taizhou, a city in East China’s Zhejiang Province, to offer help and care to KMT veterans.

    Zhang Chenghua, chairperson of the chamber, led 40 members this time. “They are national heroes who fought bravely to win independence from Japanese invaders,” Zhang said. “It is our duty to care for all the veterans in Taizhou so they can live a decent life in their remaining years.”

    Fu Xiande, secretary general of the chamber of commerce, said that this year there are 130 veterans in Taizhou, 30 of whom were only recently located. All the veterans are over 90 years old — some are even centenarians.

    “Besides the 64 veterans we invited to the party today, we will visit another 66 tomorrow and provide them with money, oil, milk and rice,” said Fu. “All the donations came from members of the chamber. This year, more than 800,000 yuan (US$128,880) was collected, so the donations to each veteran range from 1,000 to 5,000 yuan, depending on their living conditions,” Fu said.

    Wang said what the veterans need most is recognition of their role in the Anti-Japanese War. “We have experienced every hardship in life in the past 70 years, and we just don’t want to sink into oblivion,” he said. “The care from the chamber of commerce gives us a glimmer of hope in the twilight of our lives.”

    Public awareness of care for KMT veterans has been increasing in recent years.

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