On December 12th, Southeast University held a ceremony in front of the auditorium of Sipailou Campus to mark China's first Nanjing Massacre National Memorial Day to memorialize victims slaughtered by Japanese aggressors in World War II. More than 200 teachers and students participated in the ceremony and expressed their mourning and reflection.
Students majored in architecture designed and constructed a “Fu Xing Temple”on campus, which was 3.6 meters high. The teachers and students wrote down their mourning and blessings on the colorful ribbons and tied them on the beams of the temple.
We named it as ‘Fu Xing Temple’in order to reflect our determination to rejuvenate our university.” Liu Bo, Deputy Secretary and Vice President of Party Committee of Southeast University introduced. “As an old University with a 112-year history, we had survived the 1937 Massacre, although with a high price. Our campus was bombarded by Japanese aggressors for four times. ”
The teachers and students then visited a photo exhibition of the History of Southeast University in 1937,including the bombarded buildings, which records the atrocities that Japanese aggressors committed against the Chinese people and the school.
Japanese troops captured Nanjing, then China's capital, on Dec. 13, 1937 and more than 300,000 unarmed Chinese were murdered and about 20,000 women were raped within six weeks.
In February 2014, China's top legislature designated Dec. 13 as the National Memorial Day for Nanjing Massacre Victims to mourn those killed by Japanese invaders, and to reveal war crimes committed by the Japanese.
The move was aimed at remembering the calamities the war caused for the Chinese people and people around the world, conveying the Chinese people's firm stance of resisting aggression and safeguarding human dignity and world peace, according to the decision passed by the top legislature.