Staunch life to forge with national mourning

15:30, April 21, 2010      

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China's central government makes a day of national grieving and memorial services on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 for those who have perished in a powerful earthquake that struck western Qinghai Province on April 14.

Chinese flags are flying at half-mast on this day of national mourning for the 2,064 victims who died in the magnitude 7.1- earthquake. The toll is likely to keep rising, as 175 people were still counted as missing till Tuesday. The total number of the wounded in Yushu prefecture was 12,135, some of whom remain in very critical condition.

Throughout the country, as well as at Chinese embassies and consulates overseas, the national flag will be lowered, while in Qinghai province, three minutes of silence were observed starting at 10 a.m. – one full week after the quake hit the mountainous region.

Meanwhile, additional memorial ceremonies have been held in the town of Gyegu in Yushu prefecture, the epicenter, and at other sites such as Xining, the provincial capital, all public entertainment are suspended.

Against this background, the "People's Daily", China's leading and most influential national newspaper, front-pages on Wednesday a commentator's article, which is titled "Staunch Life to Forge with National Mourning", and its full text reads as follows:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, is a day of national mourning for the quake victims of Yushu in western China's Qinghai province. People of all ethnicities around China extend their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to those quake victims. After the devastating May 12 Wenchuan quake jolted Sichuan and adjacent areas two years ago, the 1.3 billion Chinese people once again held a national mourning for their lost dear ones.

This is a most painful mourning for the dear departed. To date, the tragic Yushu quake has claimed more than 2,000 lives. With the loss of parents, or kids, or brothers and sisters, the people of all ethnicities country-wide feel most grievous and heartbroken as if they suffered in person from biting pains. Those people who have died during the quake are our "flesh and blood "relatives, who are related to all those living with "blood ties". Their departure has "wrought untold pains or sufferings to the people and they are truly the fallen heroes of the nation".

Today, let us lower our heads to show our enduring, genuine love or sentiments for the victims, to reminisce them, and to wish them to rest in an eternal peace.

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