Needles, CA: City of Needles celebrates with Taiwan their National Day of the Republic of China 10-10.
Officials for the City of Needles welcomed representatives, dignitaries and guest to Needles, California to a ceremony on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 celebrating the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10.
The National Day of the Republic of China, also referred to as Double Ten Day or Double Tenth Day, is the national day of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and commemorates the start of the Wuchang Uprising of Tuesday, October 10th, 1911 (10-10 or Double Ten), which led to the end of the Qing Dynasty in China and establishment of the Chinese Republic on Monday, January 1st, 1912.
The ceremony is long standing tradition for the City of Needles to observance 10-10, and is the only city in the United States to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China on 10-10.
The ceremony began with the the Republic of China’s Air Force Color Guard presenting the colors followed by the Needles High School Marching Band playing the National Anthem for the United States as the American flag was raised up on the on the flagpole.
Next, the Republic of China (Taiwan) flag was risen up on another flag pole near by as the national anthem for the Republic of China (Taiwan) was played.
Afterwards, everybody was moved inside the Needles City Council Chambers where the rest of the ceremony.
City of Needles Mayer Jeff Williams presenting a proclamation declaring the 10-10 day in the City of Needles, followed by representatives and dignitaries from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles and the California Republic of China Veterans Associations in Los Angeles, California giving thanks and gifts to local officials for continuing to have this event.
Gifts were also given to the Needles Chamber of Commerce and the V.F.W. in Mohave Valley, Arizona, as well as a check to the Needles High School Marching Band.
The ceremony not only brings people from two different countries together, but also brings business to the local community.
After a few photo ups, all of the officials, representatives, dignitaries, guest and news media all enjoy a delicious luncheon at the Panda Garden restaurant in Needles, California.
Outside, a large truck with stacks of jars of delicious honey from Mystic Maze Honey in Needles, California are being sold out by those who attended the ceremony; many telling ZachNews that they love their honey and always buy cases of their honey each year, some flashing cash in front of the our camera of how much they will spend well here in the small town along historic Route 66 and the Colorado River.
Officials with the City of Needles plan to continue to have this event with their sister city friends from Taiwan, and hope that next year’s event will be larger and inside a bigger venue.
The community thanks everybody who attended the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 10-10 celebration.
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