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December 13, 2015 – 78th Anniversary of the Nanjing Genocide

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate with you the 78th Anniversary of the Nanjing Genocide.

I join with the Chinese Canadian community in remembering the victims of this atrocity.

On December 13, 1937, the Japanese army captured the former Chinese capital city of Nanjing.  In the six weeks that followed, the occupying soldiers beat, killed, kidnapped and raped innocent civilians and soldiers.  In this atrocity, 300,000 people were brutally killed in a heinous display of the evil some humans are capable of.

I have visited the Nanjing Genocide Memorial, where I paid my respects and prayed that the victims of the genocide are at peace.

Today, I join both, the Chinese community and the world, in the remembrance of these unimaginable crimes.  We pay homage to the victims and express solidarity with the survivors and their descendants.  As we reflect on what transpired in Nanjing, it is our duty to prevent such crimes from being committed in the future.  It is through our collective remembrance that steps can be taken to make sure that no society ever sees such unspeakable acts again.

This is a day we solemnly acknowledge as we work toward a better future for all mankind.