香港重光,毋忘義士!(曾焯文報導)73rd HK Liberation Day:- We shan’t Forget those who Fought for our Freedom! (Chapman Chen reports)

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(Eng. summary below)

香港軍事服務團今日在西灣河國殤墳場,舉行儀式,紀念香港重光七十三週年。多國領事及商會代表都有出席,包括英國、美國、加拿大、澳洲、法國等。英國領事致辭,表示英國及不少國家永遠不會忘記當年為港犧牲的義士,以及受苦受難的民眾。香港保衛戰由一九四一年十二月八號打到廿五號。約一萬二千英兵、印度兵、本地志願軍及兩營加拿大步兵勇武保衛香港,在港島山林及街道與敵軍血戰。他們威武不屈,捨生取義,令人肅然起敬。同場風笛儀仗隊演奏,遊行一圈。

HKMSC (Former HK Military Service Corps) today held a ceremony at Sai Wan War Cemetery to commemorate the 73rd Hong Kong Liberation Day. Consuls of the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, France, and British Chamber of Commerce, attended the ceremony. A representative of the British Consulate General gave a speech, stressing that the UK government and citizens, as well as many other nations, would never forget those who sacrificed themselves for Hong Kong and those who suffered in HK during the wartime. The Battle of HK was fought from the 8th through the 25th of December, 1941. Around 12,000 soldiers, including British and Indian soldiers, locally enlisted troops, and 2 battalions of Canadian infantry, etc., fought valiantly, in the streets and on the hills and woodlands of Hong Kong Island, to defend Hong Kong. They will be honored and remembered for ever.

典禮之始,鍾牧師禱告: 全能的上帝,我們在此紀念所有為國捐驅的義人,他們仁愛勇武,祈求上帝保佑我們學他們一樣,靠耶穌基督,為公忘私,榮神益人,阿們。

英國領事: 今日之事對英國政府及國民非常重要。香港保衛戰歷時雖短,但香港防衛軍奮不顧身,傷亡超過三分之一,可憐戰役尾聲,死得最多人!英國及不少國家永遠不會忘記當年為港犧牲的義士,以及受苦受難的民眾。香港保衛戰結束,雙方死傷達六千。劫後餘生的,無論士兵定平民,皆尚要挨三年零八個月的勤辛歲月。他們威武不屈,捨生取義,教人動容。亦多謝香港軍事服務團及在港英兵,退役後仍在其他方面繼續服務香港。總之,義士為我們的自由而壯烈犧牲,我們非常敬重,銘記於心!

Photo I: Bagpipe band march-on around the memorial wall.

Photo II: British Consul


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