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Leaders mark anti-Japanese war victory day

Updated: Sep 4,2014 9:34 AM     Xinhua

China’s top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli present flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the anti-Japanese War during a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - Leaders on Sept 3 attended a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the Victory Day in the anti-Japanese War, the first time since the legislature ratified official observance of the day.

The ceremony, which was held in the morning at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, was attended by President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and other leaders including Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli.

Ratified by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in February, Victory Day of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression is officially observed on Sept 3 in China.

Presided over by Li Keqiang, leaders and other officials at the ceremony stood in silent tribute and presented flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the war. Doves were released after the ceremony.

Leaders and officials later visited an exhibition at the museum about the relationship between China and the world’s anti-Fascist War.

President Xi Jinping tidies the ribbons on a flower basket during a flower baskets presenting ceremony held on the occasion of marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the anti-Japanese War at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping (R front) meets with veterans, relatives of martyrs and family representatives for deceased foreigners who contributed to the victory of the anti-Japanese War before a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014. China's top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli presented flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the war during the ceremony here on Wednesday.[Photo/Xinhua]

Top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli tour a museum exhibition demonstrating the great contribution Chinese people made to the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War after a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the anti-Japanese War at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014. [Photo/Xinhua]

Top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli present flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the anti-Japanese War during a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

Top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli present flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the anti-Japanese War during a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

China’s top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli present flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the anti-Japanese War during a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

Top leaders Xi Jinping (C front), Li Keqiang (3rd R front), Zhang Dejiang (3rd L front), Yu Zhengsheng (2nd R front), Liu Yunshan (2nd L front), Wang Qishan (1st R front) and Zhang Gaoli (1st L front) present flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the anti-Japanese War during a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

Top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli present flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the anti-Japanese War during a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People's Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

China’s top leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Zhang Dejiang, Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan and Zhang Gaoli present flower baskets to martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the anti-Japanese War during a ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of Victory Day in the war at the Museum of the War of the Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2014.[Photo/Xinhua]

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