Nanjing holds memorial event for Nanjing Massacre victims

Added On December 5, 2019

China's Nanjing has held a memorial event for the victims of the Nanjing Massacre ahead of the national memorial day on December 13. On Tuesday, family members of the victims laid flowers in front of the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre to pay tribute to loved ones who died 82 years ago. Some survivors of the massacre also attended the commemoration activities. SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): GE DAORONG, Survivor of Nanjing Massacre "People go away, lights go out. But the memory of history is handed down. And our hope of cherishing, maintaining and promoting peace will always be in our hearts." The Nanjing Massacre took place when Japanese troops captured the city, then China's capital, on Dec. 13, 1937. Over six weeks, they killed 300,000 Chinese civilians and unarmed soldiers. In 2014, China's top legislature designated December 13 as the national memorial day for victims of the Nanjing Massacre.