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    September 18 Incident Commemorated in Shenyang

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    Air raid sirens sounded in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, at 9:18 a.m. Sunday to recall the outbreak of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression 91 years ago.

    More than 300 people from all walks of life, including veterans, students and local residents, participated in the commemoration in front of Shenyang Historical Museum Square 9.18. The bell rang 14 times, representing the 14 years that the Chinese people fought the invaders. This period has been referred to as the darkest days of modern China. Shenyang, along with 13 other cities in Liaoning province, sounded the air defense alarm for three minutes. Motor vehicles, ships and trains all sounded sirens at the same time. “The bell and siren alarm is to salute this year’s brave struggle and warn us to remember history. We carry the future of our motherland and should cherish the peaceful life,” said Wang Qiming, a local high school student. On September 18, 1931, members of the Japanese Kwantung Army stationed in northeast China blew up a section of the railway near Liutiaohu and falsely accused the Chinese army of have done. Using the incident as a pretext, the Japanese bombarded Shenyang and launched their invasion of China. “The historical construction of our museum is called the calendar monument. The shape of the monument is a calendar broken by shells and bullets. The bullet holes on the tablet form the image of skulls, which indicates that Chinese people were killed during those dark years,” said Han Xiao, a commentator from the “18 September”. Behind the museum, there is a railway line from Harbin to Dalian. It was part of the South Manchuria Railway, where the incident happened 91 years ago. The museum was built in 1991 to mark the 60th anniversary of the 918 incident. Currently, it houses over 1,000 valuable historical photos and over 3,000 sets of historical relics. )Since 1995, Shenyang has triggered an air defense alarm every year on this date.

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