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Authorities demand more measures to honor martyrs


19:37, July 03, 2013

BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- More efforts are needed to honor China's martyrs in order to promote their patriotic and selfless spirit, Chinese authorities have urged.

Efforts should be made to create an environment where people who have sacrificed themselves for the country are remembered, respected and learned from, a circular published on Wednesday said.

The circular was jointly issued by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, the State Council General Office and the Central Military Commission.

Local governments have been told to use various media channels, such as newspapers, broadcasting programs, television dramas and films, as well as the Internet, to promote the spirit of the martyrs.

The circular also called for more memorial activities to mourn the martyrs during the traditional Qingming holiday, or Tomb Sweeping Day, when Chinese people visit family graves and grieve the deceased.

Similar activities should also be carried out during other holidays and on important memorial days, the document said.

The circular urged to promote the education of the martyrs' heroism among the country's youths and to strengthen the protection of martyr memorial facilities.

Local authorities should improve their policies in the way they treat martyrs' families, the document said.

The government should take the major responsibility in taking care of martyrs' family members, and the amount of allowance they receive should be raised, it said.

Efforts are also needed to help bereaved families if they have any difficulties in regard to their livelihoods, medical service, housing, education and employment, the circular said.

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