TAIPEI, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou presented awards to outstanding military personnel during an event held September 2 by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) to mark Taiwan's Armed Forces Day and the 70th anniversary of the end of the eight-year War of Resistance against Japan.
Ma gave a bow to express his utmost respect and gratitude for the military veterans who fought in the war against Japan (1937-1945), which was part of World War II, while introducing several foreign guests, including visiting descendants of former U.S. presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
The president said that on this day 70 years ago, the Japanese government signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri and proclaimed its unconditional surrender to the Allied Powers, finally bringing to an end to the WWII.
To express sincere appreciation to domestic and foreign veterans who fought in the war against Japan, the MND has since July given out commemorative medals marking the ROC's victory in the war. So far, 6,653 medals have been awarded, including 402 to applicants from mainland China, according to Ma.
In addition, the descendants of several former military leaders of the Allies, including Albert Wedemeyer, a former U.S. Army commander who served in Asia during WWII, and Milton Miles, a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy who served in WWII as head of Naval Intelligence operations in China, also attended the event.
Also present were the descendants of General Liu Fang-wu (劉放吾), the former commander of the 113th Regiment of the New 38th Division of the Chinese Expeditionary Force, and Qian Xiuling (錢秀玲), a Chinese-Belgian scientist who saved the lives of nearly 100 people sentenced by the Germans during WWII in Belgium.
The event was also attended by 95-year-old British retired Capt. Gerald Fitzpatrick, who was trapped when the Japanese Imperial Army invaded Burma and saved by the ROC Army.