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Never Give Up• In Memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Spirit Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s 96th Death Anniversary

This year is Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s 96th death anniversary. National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall specially organizes a series of activities in March featuring “Never Give Up, In Memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Spirit.” The hall upholds Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s spirit of fraternity and equality and presents the annual series activities to commemorate Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s lifelong contribution, thinking, and deeds, including the culture lecture, sapling giving activity “Create Green Life Together,” paying tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-sen, “Dancing the Light of Life,” unveiling the great painting “Taiwan Charm,” book-giving activity, and guided tours to Wang Da-hong’s historic buildings.

   The hall’s series activities for March will start from March 6. First, the culture lecture will be held at Lecture Hall. Prof. Chiu Rong-jeo will talk about “Transitional Justice and Democratic Development in Taiwan.” Then there will be four activities on March 12. The sapling giving activity “Create Green Life Together” will be held on the west plaza of the hall in the morning. The social groups will pay a floral tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s statue at the main entrance of the hall to express the tribute and respect to Dr. Sun Yat-sen. The activity “Never Give Up, In Memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Spirit” will be held at the main entrance of the hall in the afternoon, specially inviting “Bird and Water Dance Ensemble,” the dance troupe composed of dancers with disabilities, to perform “Dance the Light of Life” in memory of Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s spirit of never giving up in devoting himself to national affairs. The next will be the unveiling of the great painting “Taiwan Charm.” The painting featuring the landscape of Taiwan was co-painted by ten important contemporary ink artists. On March 19, there will be the book-giving activity. On March 27 and 28, there will be “Guided Tours to Wang Da-hong’s Historic Buildings.” Some of the splendid activities are static exhibition, and some are dynamic performance. The hall invites the citizens to practice the spirit of fraternity and pass on happiness and warmth together by participating in the activities.

   In his speech at Landscape Renovation Groundbreaking Ceremony today(February 24), Director-general of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Wang Lan-sheng, said Chungshan Park has long been the very important open park in the citizen life of Greater Taipei Area since the establishment of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Starting from 4AM every morning, the morning exercising groups, teenage street dancers, parents and children, and the activities held by the different sectors can be seen here. It is full of vitality from morning to night in four seasons. However, after long years of use, the trails, plaza, and friendly facilities need upgrading. The planning and design of the renovation has included the citizens’ opinions and been reviewed by the cultural asset and landscape committee members to meet the standard of modern parks. During the construction, the hall will specially demand the construction quality and safety, and the renovation will be undertaken area by area. Most areas of the park will still be open to the public in order not to cause inconvenience to the public. Furthermore, the hall has also been considering holding more various activities and performances at Chungshan Park after the renovation is completed so that the interdisciplinary value-adding program of the hall will provide the more comprehensive service and become the citizens’ favorite leisure space. The hall invites all citizens to join in the series memorial activities in March to make National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall become a happy field for the citizens to pursue beautiful memories.