On September 23, five veterans of the Chinese Expeditionary Army, with the help of the Chinese Social Relief Foundation's public welfare fund for caring for the veterans of the War of Resistance, finally fulfilled their long-cherished wish of returning to the war of resistance. Old battlefields.
For these 93-year-old veterans of the Chinese Expeditionary Army, it is not easy to return to Western Yunnan. They first arrived in Kunming by plane from their respective locations on the 22nd, stayed overnight, arrived in Tengchong on the 23rd, and officially started their journey back to the old battlefield in Western Yunnan.
You must come, we must go; we must go to this land that has been guarded for 72 years.
It is known that five veterans of the Expeditionary Army from Hunan and Guangxi will return to Western Yunnan. Grandpa Lu Caiwen and Zhang Tiliu of Tengchong Expeditionary Army must meet the volunteers at the airport. When the volunteer went to pick up Zhang Tiliu's grandfather, his family said that he would get up at more than 4 o'clock and would be too happy to sit at home.
At 9:20 a.m., two grandfathers, Lu Caiwen and Zhang Tiliu, and a researcher on the anti-Japanese war in Western Yunnan, Mr. Li Zheng, led more than 40 volunteers to Tengchong Hump Airport on time to pick up the plane. With the special support of the airport, the access to the apron was obtained.
At that moment, Grandpa Lu Caiwen and Grandpa Zhang Tiliu anxiously awaited the arrival of their comrades-in-arms, asking volunteers from time to time, arrived? Knowing the information about the arrival of the flight, they strode toward the direction of the airport staff.
Several grandfathers were very excited when they learned they were approaching Tengchong, where they had fought 72 years ago, a land they had never stepped into in 72 years, the Fund staff said. However, they do not know how many hearts on the tarmac are waiting for their arrival.
Hello, the Tengchong we guarded; Hello, the hero who has guarded our land.
At 3:00 p.m. on the 23rd, after the veterans'grandparents had finished their rest, the Public Welfare Fund for Caring for Anti-Japanese War Veterans held a meeting in the conference room on the third floor of the hotel. At the meeting, seven veterans of the war of resistance told their own experiences of the war of resistance against Japan. Perhaps it was the excitement of his return, or the stories that had been hidden in his heart for too long. Grandpa Liu Qiyuan, from Shaoyang, Hunan, told his own story of the war of resistance in detail. His son interrupted him several times to make it a little shorter and was "scolded" by him. Grandpa Kui in Nanning, Guangxi, has a good memory and a clear mind. Apart from recalling in a very orderly way, he finally expressed tears in his eyes that this time he returned to Western Yunnan, mainly to worship his sacrificed classmates and comrades-in-arms. In the same year, 36 of the class, 35 were sacrificed, leaving him alone.
On behalf of the volunteers and the people of Tengchong, Professor Li Zheng, a researcher of the Anti-Japanese War in Western Yunnan, delivered a generous and heartfelt welcome speech. He reviewed the history of the restoration of Tengchong and the difficulties of the restoration of the national martyrdom cemetery. On behalf of the people of Tengchong, he thanked the Chinese soldiers who had protected the border city in those years.
At the end of the meeting, the children of the two veterans returned to Western Yunnan sent Hong Kong snacks to Tengchong's two grandfathers from the Anti-Japanese War Veterans Public Welfare Fund and volunteers. The five volunteer representatives sent black tea to the grandfathers returned to Western Yunnan. The packaging of black tea is the theme of the war of resistance, which is provided by Ms. Li, a loving person in Tengchong. Luo Yajun, the Secretary-General of the public welfare fund for veterans of the anti-Japanese war, said that he hoped his grandfathers would go back to their hometown from western Yunnan to appreciate and aftertaste the taste of Western Yunnan through these black tea, and invited volunteers to send a picture album of National Memory to seven veterans. There are a lot of photos of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces in the picture book.
During the dinner after the party, Tengchong volunteers prepared chorus and solo performances for several grandfathers. Teacher Li Zheng improvised a Peking Opera. Although not a professional performance, let a few grandfathers really feel the enthusiasm. Grandpa Ding Kui said that Tengchong was a very special city. They seemed to be familiar with the history of the war of resistance. It felt good.
- here we are. We are here.
At 9:40 on the morning of September 24th, 7 veterans of the war of resistance had sat on the chair at the entrance of the Tengchong war cemetery. They are waiting for the 10 ceremony to begin formally. This can be said to be the most important part of several veteran soldiers in Tengchong.
He, a veteran of the expeditionary force from Yongzhou, Hunan, began to weep silently when he entered the graveyard of war. He was introverted and hardly spoke at ordinary times. Volunteers reassured him again and again, but he still couldn't restrain his tears. There are too many emotions and words in these two lines of tears.
At 10 o'clock, the ceremony officially began, the veterans, family members, volunteers together more than 60 people, coupled with temporary visitors, nearly 100 people worshipped the procession solemnly and orderly into the Temple of Loyal Martyrs worship.
After the ceremony, according to the original plan, the descendants of the veterans went up to the hill to worship the memorial tower of the dead soldiers of the 54th Army, but several grandfathers, such as Zongji, Lu Caiwen, Wu Shengde, He Yesheng and Liu Qiyuan, insisted on going up to the hill to worship themselves. Finally, the organizers can only arrange two men volunteers to accompany each veteran grandfather. Grandpa Liu Qiyuan's son said, "my father must go. I have to carry his back on his back." And this sentence, in the discussion process the previous night, Tengchong youth volunteers also said that if grandparents insist on going up, we have to back up.