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Mourning ceremony for mudslide victims

08-16-2010 08:45 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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In Beijing took on special meaning. The flag was lowered to half-staff in respect for the mudslide's victims.

Thousands crowded into the square to remember those who lost their lives, and the survivors who are dealing with the aftermath.

The world's largest public square pays tribute to the victims of Zhouqu.

At dawn in the heart of Beijing, soldiers march across Chang'an Avenue to Tian'anmen Square.

With the national anthem playing in the background, the national flag was raised.

It was then lowered slowly to half-mast, to honor the victims of the mudslide tragedy.

Thousands stood in silence during the ceremony, to pay tribute to the more than 12-hundred people who lost their lives in the disaster.

Many also prayed for the thousands of survivors in Zhouqu County, who are trying to return to a normal life.

A Beijing flag ceremony attendee said, "We live in the South of China, and are very concerned about people in Zhouqu County. We hope they will try hard and stand up like people in Wenchuan and Yushu. I believe we can overcome any challenges."

Another Beijing attendee said, "We sent our love to people in Zhouqu and the spirit affected people around us. People have donated money and will lend their helping hands."

As their countrymen and women cope with the disaster's aftermath, the nation is marking a day of mourning.

The national flag flies at half-mast at all government buildings in the country and at Chinese embassies and consulates around the world.

The Ministry of Culture ordered the suspension of public entertainment.

By working together, the people of Zhouqu will have the strength to face the challenges of the future.

The national flag of China flies at half-mast on Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, early Aug. 15, 2010, to mourn for the victims of the mudslide disaster in Zhouqu. National flags across the country and at overseas embassies and consulates are to be lowered to half-mast Sunday to mourn the victims of the devastating mudslide which hit Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southern Gansu on Aug. 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang)
The national flag of China flies at half-mast on Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, 
capital of China, early Aug. 15, 2010, to mourn for the victims of the mudslide 
disaster in Zhouqu. National flags across the country and at overseas embassies 
and consulates are to be lowered to half-mast Sunday to mourn the victims of the 
devastating mudslide which hit Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture 
in southern Gansu on Aug. 8, 2010. (Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang)


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