Needles, CA: Community celebrates the National Day of the Republic of China.

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Needles, CA: Community celebrates the National Day of the Republic of China.

A flag raising ceremony to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China was held on Friday, October 10th, 2014 outside in front of the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The 10-10 ceremony, also known here in the community as the “10-10 event”, celebrates the National Day of the Republic of China or Taiwan’s Independence Day founded on Monday, January 1st, 1912.

Over the many years since this event was put together by a group of retired air force veterans from Taiwan and a restaurant owner name Wing Yee in 1972, the 10-10 ceremony has become a cherished tradition for both the community and for the air force veterans from Taiwan who have resided in the United States of America.

This year’s 10-10 ceremony gave thanks to the community as 2 new flagpoles were welcomed in at a ribbon cutting ceremony before the 10-10 ceremony that will be use for the flag raising ceremony.

The Needles High School Marching Band welcomed guest and dignitaries from as far as Los Angeles, California to the 10-10 ceremony and cheered as the ribbon was cut on the 2 new flagpoles that will now be used for futures 10-10 ceremony.

As both the Republic of China and the United States of America are presented and raised up the 2 new flagpoles, guest and dignitaries stood up proudly and sang the national anthems for both the United States of America and the Republic of China.

Officials from the City of Needles and local candidates running in the 2014 General Election also attended the 10-10 ceremony including Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell, Needles City Council Member Linda Kidd, Needles City Council Candidate Bob Shaw, and Former City of Needles Mayor and current Needles City Council Candidate Jeff Williams, and some officials from the City of Needles and dignitaries spoke during the 10-10 ceremony.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget presented and read a proclamation commemorating this 10-10 ceremony and told guest and dignitaries that he was happy that the community could be part of Taiwan’s celebration and hopes that one day to have a sister city in Taiwan.

Former City of Needles Mayor and current Needles City Council Candidate Jeff Williams welcomed guest and dignitaries and also hopes that one day to have a sister city in Taiwan.

Benson Wang, the deputy director general for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, California, told guest and dignitaries that he was excited to have the 2 countries come together for the celebration and to be able to do so to in Needles, California for more than 40 years.

Benson Wang, the deputy director general for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, California, also said that he sees good things to come for Needles and hopes to be part of it.

Also speaking during the 10-10 ceremony were Ross Tarangle, Captain for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Assistant Needles City Manager Dave Brownlee, and City Council Member Sho Tay for Arcadia, California.

After the 10-10 ceremony, City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget showed Benson Wang, the deputy director general for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, California, a tree that was planted from a previously 10-10 ceremony well guest and dignitaries showed off beautiful paintings from their country.

Afterwards, invited guest and dignitaries were welcomed to a delicious lunch at the Panda Garden located at 2302 Needles Highway in Needles, California serving plates after plates of delicious food including fried fish, beef and broccoli, Kung Pao chicken, and steam rice.

After the lunch gathering, guest and dignitaries got to go on a tour of the El Graces building in Downtown Needles, California where they group got to see the community hall, future passenger station waiting room, and the outside platform area.

Guest and dignitaries also got to go upstairs to the balcony area around the El Graces building where the group enjoyed the view of the community and waved at passing freight trains which an a freight train heading east honked their train horn at the waving group.

Before departing off back home, the group of guest and dignitaries purchased jars of Mystic Maze Honey which is located at 1213 East Broadway (U.S. Route 95) in Needles, California buying all of their cases that were brought over in front of the El Garces building at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

All of the guest and dignitaries who came to our community of Needles, California for the 10-10 ceremony told ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez that they thank this wonderful community and will come back to visit our community soon as well as for next year’s 10-10 ceremony.

** Pictures from the 10-10 ceremony can be viewed at the following ZachNews website addresses: **

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– Needles, CA: 10-10-2014: 10-10 Ceremony.

– Needles, CA: 10-10-2014: 10-10 Ceremony: Part 2.

– Needles, CA: 10-10-2014: 10-10 Ceremony: Part 3.

**** Thanks to everybody for coming out to the 10-10 ceremony in Needles, California. ****

 

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