Needles, CA: Bringing people and countries together well remembering a great man during the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2017.

Needles, CA: Bringing people and countries together well remembering a great man during the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2017.

The National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2017 was held on front of the Needles Courthouse in Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews broadcast live the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2017 event at ZachNews on Facebook.

Dignitaries and local city officials along with a bus load of people from the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force Veterans Association of Los Angeles and the Republic of China (Taiwan) Veterans Association of Phoenix came to celebration that commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising of Tuesday, October 10th, 1911, which led to the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Monday, January 1st, 1912.

The event opened up with the welcoming of the color guard, followed by an opening prayer by Reverend Janet Hurley of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, and the Needles High School Band playing the national anthem of the United States of America followed by the playing of Taiwan’s national anthem as both counties’ flag were raising.

The event took a moment to remember 78 year old Bruce J. Weekley, a retired Police Chief for the City of Needles, who passed away on Monday, September 25, 2017 and was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Mary Earline Weekley.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget held a moment of silence for a local man who loved his community, country, and bringing people together.

Bruce J. Weekley was known to many in attendance from his travels to Taiwan and from his work on this event along with other local events, wanting to see people come together well also continuing to show his love for his country.

Bruce J. Weekley was always seen places American flags along businesses on days that honor veterans who’ve severed in our military and making sure that local American flags in public areas are kept in good shape, working to make sure that if an American flag is needing to be replace, he makes sure that American flag is replace and up waving beautifully over our community.

Bruce J. Weekley is survived by his current wife, Emily Weekley; daughters, Michelle Weekley and Allison Callaway; son, Phillip Weekley; and grandchildren, Trevor Weekley, Andrew Weekley, Mary Callaway, Ryan Callaway, Joshua Weekley and Alaya Weekley.

Bruce J. Weekley’s daughter, Michelle Weekley, spoke at the event thanking the many people who come out to this event each year, which Bruce knew many of the people on his travels to Taiwan.

Michelle Weekley thanked the crowd for coming to this event and hoped that this event continues to grow bigger and bigger each year, and continues to bring us all together.

A memorial services for Bruce J. Weekley will be held at 11:00am PT on Saturday, October 21st, 2017 at the Needles Elks Lodge #1608, located at 1000 Lillyhill Drive, in Needles, California.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget welcomed everybody to the event and presented a proclamation for the celebration followed by a representative from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center from Los Angeles, who later handed out gifts to local officials giving thanks to their participating and organizing the event.

A gift presentation was held afterwards to the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) and Mr. George DeLeon, Commander for V.F.W. Post 404 in Mohave Valley, Arizona, was welcomed up and was presented with a gift.

Mr. George DeLeon, first time being at this event, told the crowd that he was very honor to be here and was happy to get to know everybody.

During the event, a $500 scholarships for the Needles High School Band which Needles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary McNeil along with Needles High and Middle School Principal Amy Avila were thankful for the scholarships and were happy that the Needles High School Band can be part of this wonderful event.

This was both Needles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary McNeil and Needles High and Middle School Principal Amy Avila first time coming to this event and were glad to be part of the celebration.

The new band director for the Needles High School Band, Carrie Grandfield, was welcomed by the crowd and show thanked everybody for having the band here to preform for the event.

Members of the Needles High School band got the chance to speak during the event and also thanked everybody for coming to their community and for having them perform for their celebration.

The students were glad that this event opens our community to other cultures and brings the 2 different countries together, adding that they all hope to see everybody at the big homecoming game on Friday, October 13th, 2017 when the Needles Mustangs play again Lincoln County at Needles High School.

Later, representatives from the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force Veterans Association of Los Angeles and the Republic of China (Taiwan) Veterans Association of Phoenix along with former members of the Needles City Council, former Needles City Mayor, and current Needles Vice Mayor giving thanks to the crowd and spoke about their community being a part of their celebration.

After some photos and some socializing, dignitaries and invited guess then headed down to a Panda Garden where everybody enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Before saying goodbye to the community, everybody purchased all of the jars of Mystic Maze Honey that was brought over to Panda Garden, taking this delicious honey of the desert to be enjoyed by family and friends in other states as well as in Taiwan.

Another year of a great event that unites different countries and cultures together.

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