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13 National Day military parades in the history of New China

2009-06-10 11:04 BJT

October 1 this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC). On this date, a grand military parade ceremony will be held in Tiananmen Square. This announcement has attracted a great deal of attention from people of all walks of life both at home and abroad.

The military parade is a review of a country's armed forces and the parade’s history is quite long. Far back in the B.C. times, ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Persia and Rome were already holding military parades. In China, the military parade dates back to over 4,000 years ago when Da Yu successfully controlled the floods; "He summoned all vassals to the Tu Mountain and many arrived presenting jade and silk representing peace." They came one after another to show loyalty of alliance, forming a spectacular scene. The military parade held by Da Yu not only aimed to celebrate the end of the flood, but also to inspire confidence and consolidate his authority.

Generally speaking, countries often hold military parades for national celebrations nowadays. A parade typically includes two parts: a review by the leaders and a march-past. The review means leaders or distinguished guests inspect the troops when passing in front of the divisions in a vehicle, on horseback or on foot accompanied by the parade commander. The march-past means the inspected troops march in front of the review stand to accept the review by leaders or distinguished guests. Since the foundation of New China, 13 National Day military parades have been held in total up to now, displaying the profound achievements accomplished in the construction of the PLA and showcasing the new spirits of the PLA military officers and soldiers. The parades play an important role in displaying the strength and prestige of the PRC and the PLA, rousing national spirits, inspiring patriotic enthusiasm and uniting the will of the Chinese people.

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Editor: Liu Anqi | Source: CCTV.com