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75th anniversary of Nanjing Massacre commemorated

(Xinhua)  16:38, December 13, 2012

Soldiers present wreaths during a memorial ceremony at the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 13, 2012, to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre.(Xinhua/Shen Peng)

Please read: Massacre victims remembered at Nanjing vigil

NANJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Sirens wailed at 10 a.m. Thursday in Nanjing, as 9,000 people from the world attended a peace rally to mark the 75th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre.

Large wreaths were presented and the People's Republic of China national anthem was sung, before people bowed three times and took part in a silent tribute.

Nanjing, capital of eastern Jiangsu Province, bears painful memories of Japan's invasion of China during World War II.

More than 300,000 Chinese people, including infants and the elderly, were massacred after Japanese troops occupied the city in December 1937.

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