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Moving on from the sadness caused by the February 28 Incident


President Tsai (蔡英文總統) gives a speech during the February 28 Incident memorial event.
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President Tsai (蔡英文總統) gives a speech during the February 28 Incident memorial event.

By Dory Chung

Taipei City Government and the February 28 Incident Foundation co-hosted the event “73rd Memorial Anniversary of the February 28 Incident” on February 28th at 228 Peace Memorial Park. President Tsai Ing-wen gave Certificates of Reputation Restored (回復名譽證書) to relatives of those who had been unjustly treated during the February 28 Incident. President Tsai also offered a bouquet of flowers to the spirits of the deceased heroes.
 
Seventy-three years have passed and some of the survivors of the Incident and their families are advanced in years. But their life-long aspiration has been that the truth be revealed and to have the reputations of the victims restored. They also aspired that society itself be healed of the trauma of this historical tragedy, and have peace in the future.

Liao Ying Hao (廖英豪), the grandson of Lin Lian Zong (林連宗)
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Liao Ying Hao (廖英豪), the grandson of Lin Lian Zong (林連宗), a February 28 Incident victim, says that his family only wanted the truth to be known, so that people could move on beyond the sadness caused by the historical tragedy.

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je
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Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), said he hoped everyone could stick together
to defend and protect Taiwan, our beloved homeland.


During his speech, Mayor Ko said: “The government has just begun to return justice to the victims. The wound left by this historical event has not completely healed, but we are coming out of the sadness and moving on.

“Some cyclists had planned to bike from the northernmost lighthouse to the southernmost one today, to commemorate this event in a positive way, but the corona virus has put a stop to this plan. The virus is our common enemy now. Even though we each have a different past, we will fight this common enemy together. We will defend and protect Taiwan, our beloved homeland.”

President Tsai gives “Certificates of Reputation Restored” to relatives of those who were unjustly treated during the February 28 Incident.
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President Tsai gives “Certificates of Reputation Restored” to relatives of those
who were unjustly treated during the February 28 Incident.


A performance during the memorial event at the 228 Peace Memorial Park.
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A performance during the memorial event at the 228 Peace Memorial Park.

Five concerts and a play which tells the story of the incident are part of a series of performances for this commemoration. For more information, please visit: 228memorialmuseum.gov.taipei.