By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: City of Needles (Information):
Needles, California: A celebration was held in a small Colorado River desert community for the National Day of the Republic of China with a 10-10 flag ceremony on Sunday, October 10th, 2021.
The ceremony was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook (https://fb.watch/8z5gakT42s/) and included a flag ceremony in which the United States of America flag and the Republic of China get raised as their national anthems get played, as well as speakers talking about the history of the National Day of the Republic of China, a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Needles, speeches and presenting of gifts.
The ceremony of the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 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.
During this year’s ceremony, Deputy Director Ming-Shy Chen with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Los Angeles gave a formal speech as a government office on behalf of the Republic of China – Taiwan Government.
“It’s truly an honor to be here today representing the Director Wong from TECO in Los Angeles to participate in this meaningful. We gathered here today for a flag ceremony Double Tenth Day celebrating the National Day of the ROC Taiwan. This event has been a long and proud tradition for almost 50 years here in the City of Needles,” said Deputy Director Ming-Shy Chen adding “I just learn it’s been 48, but I believe 50 is coming up anyways so I’m going to say it.”
Deputy Director Ming-Shy Chen continued his formal speech saying, “We understand how difficult it is to see our flag flying and here our nation anthem playing outside of Taiwan given the political status of ROC Taiwan, and the rising threats and suppression from our neighbor. From the nation anthem of the United States, I heard the word “Here’s is the land of the free,” and I want to embrace that concept and I want to introduce you Taiwan is the island of the free, and we enjoy the common values, democracy and freedom.”
After applause from those in attendance, Deputy Director Ming-Shy Chen continued his formal speech saying, “Therefore I sincerely want to thank you who made this event and everything possible in the City of Needles, especially to the former mayor Mr. Shaver, Dr. Page and Mayor Williams; I thank you all.”
Also during this year’s ceremony, a scholarship was awarded to the Needles High School Band, which Dr. Mary McNeil, Superintendent of the Needles Unified School District, excepted on their behalf, and a gift was given to the Needles Chamber of Commerce, which George DeLeon accepted on their behalf.
After the ceremony, there was a luncheon inside the newly furnished and improved Panda Garden restaurant and many of those who attended purchase local honey from Mystic Maze Honey, buying them in boxes until they were all gone.
More from the event as well as more pictures and some videos to come on ZachNews.
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Thanks to everybody who attended the National Day of the Republic of China 10-10 in Needles, California today.