Xi Jinping and other leaders of the Communist Party of China and the state attended a ceremony on Saturday morning in Beijing’s Tian’anmen Square to offer baskets of flowers to fallen national heroes.
The event was held to mark the 10th Martyrs’ Day, a day before Chinese National Day. The other leaders included Li Qiang, Zhao Leji, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, Li Xi and Han Zheng.
At 10 am, all participants sang the national anthem and then paid silent tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of the Chinese people and the development of the People’s Republic of China. Nine huge baskets of flowers were placed in front of the Monument to the People’s Heroes. Xi and other leaders walked to the foot of the monument, where he straightened the ribbons on the baskets before leading other senior officials on a walk around the monument to pay their respects.
The baskets, with ribbons that say “Eternal Glory to the People’s Heroes”, were delivered on behalf of the CPC Central Committee; the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress; the State Council; the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference; the Central Military Commission; non-communist parties, All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, and patriots without party affiliations; popular organizations and people from all social spheres; veterans, retired high-ranking officials and the relatives of martyrs; and Young Chinese Pioneers.
The ceremony was presided over by Yin Li, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee.