Needles, CA: Coming together to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10.

Needles, CA: Coming together to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10.

The City of Needles, along with the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office joined together to celebrate National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2018 held on Wednesday, October 10th, 2018 in Needles, California.

Representatives, dignitaries, and veterans from the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California; the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Phoenix, Arizona; and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, California attended the annually local event held in front of the Needles Courthouse off Bailey Avenue.

The ceremony celebrates and commemorates to National Day of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan) which started of the Wuchang Uprising of October 10th, 1911, which led to the end of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Chinese Republic on January 1st, 1912.

This National Day of the Republic of China is always celebrated on 10 October, Double Ten Day or 10-10, and is the national holiday of Taiwan.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez attended and broadcast live on Facebook the National Day of the Republic of China Ceremony 2018.

The ceremony opened with the presenting of the flags of the United States of America and the Republic of China by the the Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Color Guard, followed by the singing of the national anthems for the United States of America and the Republic of China.

Afterwards, the flag raising ceremony was held with the Needles Mustang Band preformed the national anthem as the flag of the United States of America was raised, followed by the Republic of China was sung as the flag of the Republic of China was raised.

Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget spoke about the beginning of this local tradition, the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony, which happened 46 years ago to celebrating independence day for Republic of China (Taiwan).

Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget then presented a proclamation, declaring this day “10-10 Republic of China Independence Day” in Needles, California, joining the celebration of 107 years of the independence and freedom for the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Deputy Director MAJ. Paul P.J. Chiu with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, California spoke next on behalf of the Republic of China Government.

Deputy Director MAJ. Paul P.J. Chiu afterwards presented several gifts presentations to Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget; Robert Yee; and senior family members of the Republic of China Air Force.

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a gift to the City of Needles, accepting the gift was Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

City of Arcadia Mayor Sho Tay presented a proclamation to the City of Needles, accepting the proclamation is Needles City Mayor Edward T. Paget, encouraging the citizens of our community to join us in the celebration.

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a check for $500.00 to the Needles Mustang Band.

Needles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary McNeil tells ZachNews that she is proud of our wonderful students of the Needles Mustang Band.

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a gift to the United States Veteran’s Association.

Accepting the gift was Kerry Otterstrom with the Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion.

After receiving the gift, Kerry Otterstrom said, “I would like to thank the Republic of China for honoring United States veterans.”

The Republic of China Air Force Veteran’s Association in Los Angeles, California presented a gift to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, accepting the gift was Needles Chamber of Commerce President Mary Gonzales.

Former and current officials with the City of Needles were seen at the ceremony, including former Needles City Mayor Murl Shaver and Needles City Council Members Tona Belt and Louise Evans.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross Tarangle and Deputy Luis Valdez were also seen at the ceremony.

At the end of the ceremony, those in attendances shock hands with those who came out to the ceremony and pictures were taken with all of the local officials, representatives, dignitaries, and veterans who attended the ceremony.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez spoke to some of the attendance at the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2018 live on ZachNews, including Danny Shen, Member of the Color Guard for the Veterans Association of the Republic of China Air Force.

Danny Shen spoke to ZachNews about the National Day of the Republic of China and what this celebration means to the Republic of China and the community of Needles, California.

The group then went to a lunch gathering held at Panda Garden in Needles, California where everybody enjoyed a delicious lunch well they talk with local officials and guest about the history of the Republic of China.

Before saying goodbye to the community, the group purchased jars of delicious honey from Mystic Maze Honey in Needles, California, which many in the group love Mystic Maze Honey and were seen buying many jars of the delicious honey.

Great work to all who organized this ceremony and thanks to all of the great people who came out to Needles, California for the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 Ceremony 2018.

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