China News Service, Shenyang, September 18th, title: 90th Anniversary of the "September 18th" Incident: The honking of the whistle and the striking of the bell aroused a profound historical echo
Author Han Hong Li Xi Wang Yilin
On September 18, 2021, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the "September 18th" Incident, the sharp air defense sirens once again sounded through Shenyang, and the 14-ring "warning bell" shook the historical memory of 90 years ago.
Late at night 90 years ago, the Japanese Kwantung Army blew up a section of the Nanman Railway near Liutiao Lake in the northern suburbs of Shenyang. They accused the Chinese army of doing it, and then bombarded the Northeast Army's station, Beidaying.
The "September 18th" Incident that shocked China and foreign countries officially opened the prelude to the 14-year war of resistance of the Chinese people.
In the early morning 90 years later, in the "September 18" History Museum in Shenyang, not far from the Japanese army bombing the railway, people from all walks of life in Liaoning stood solemnly in front of the monument to relive history and cherish the memory of the ancestors. .
The time on the wanli stele is forever fixed on September 18, 1931. The numerous bullet holes on the wanli stele represent the suffering that this piece of land has suffered.
At 9:18, representatives from all walks of life pushed the mallet to strike the "warning bell" on the west side of the square. The 14-ring chimes echoed in the air, implying the arduous course of the Chinese nation’s 14-year Anti-Japanese War, implying the fall of the Northeast and the bloodbath of the Chinese nation. The 14 years of the Anti-Japanese War.
At the same time, three-minute air defense sirens were sounded in many places in Shenyang. Motor vehicles on the main street stopped and sounded horns, and steam horns of trains and ships sounded in unison.
The sound of bells and sirens remind people not to forget the national humiliation and to strengthen ourselves.
This year is the 27th consecutive year that Shenyang has sounded the air defense alarm on September 18, and all 14 cities in Liaoning have sounded the alarm at this time.
Outside the "September 18th" History Museum in Shenyang, the Shenyang Locomotive Depot EMU driver Wang Wei on board sounded the whistle. The G8103 Fuxing EMU train he was driving was driving in Shenyang at 9:18. "September 18" near the History Museum.
This year is the fifth time that Wang Wei has been on board on September 18th, and it is also the fifth time that he honoured the September 18th Incident by honking his whistle.
From the early morning of the same day, many people gathered outside the Shenyang "September 18" History Museum. Some passers-by stopped and bowed their heads in silence after hearing the air defense alarm.
Among the crowd, a young mother was standing in front of the museum with her baby in her arms.
She told reporters that she hopes to let children learn about this history from an early age in this way.
She said, "A strong young man will make a country strong", bearing in mind that history is the best inheritance of history.
A driver said excitedly after the whistle, "Let the alarm ring ring in my heart, it is the best memorial to history. We will always cherish the memory of all the heroic and dedicated martyrs in the War of Resistance Against Japan."
In Shenyang Zhongshan Square, which has witnessed the history of Japanese invasion of China, some people cherish the memory of history near the turntable of the square.
Citizen Mr. Han said that many of the old buildings around Zhongshan Square were left over from the Japanese invasion of China.
Standing here in silence can give people a deeper and clearer understanding of history.
Citizen Huang Yunbiao took a circle around Zhongshan Square that morning. After hearing the whistle, he stopped in silence in front of the giant flower basket in the square.
He said that he would come here on September 18th every year to observe in silence, and he has persisted for 20 years.
In his view, honking is the most direct warning to people in peaceful times.
The spring and autumn have changed, and the vicissitudes of life have changed dramatically.
The China of today is no longer the China of 1931, and the Chinese nation is unstoppable on the road to great rejuvenation.
The anti-Japanese spirit cast in the white mountains and black waters continues to inspire generations of young people to forge ahead and become self-reliant.
"We contemporary youth must keep history in mind and make our own contributions to the construction of the motherland and national rejuvenation." Said Hu Kai, who graduated from Shenyang University of Architecture and Architecture.