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China's State Council has announced memorial ceremonies will be held nationwide on Sunday to mourn victims of the devastating mudslide in the country's northwestern Gansu Province. National flags in China and at overseas embassies and consulates will fly at half-mast.
National flag guards marched across Chang'an Avenue to Tian'anmen Square in Beijing for the solemn flag-raising ceremony at 5:22am on Sunday morning.
With the national anthem playing, the national flag was raised at the top of the pole. It then was lowered slowly to half-mast in respect of the mudslide's victims.
Thousands stood in silence during the ceremony to pay tribute to the nearly 12-hundred people killed in the disaster.
The national flag flew at half-mast in all government department buildings in China and at Chinese embassies and consulates around the world.
On Saturday, China's State Council declared August 15th a day of mourning.
The Ministry of Culture ordered the suspension of public entertainment, including movies, music, karaoke and on-line games on Sunday.
Gansu's provincial government announced that official mourning ceremonies will be held later on Sunday in the capital Lanzhou and Zhouqu County.