American Flying Tigers veterans and Chinese students tell stories of the Anti-Japanese War and continue friendship for future generations
Release time: November 07, 2023 11:50 Source: China News Network
[Commentary]On November 5, Jeffrey Green, Chairman of the U.S.-China Aviation Heritage Foundation, and Flying Tigers veterans Harry Moyer and Melvin McMullen took the descendants of the Flying Tigers into the “Flying Tigers Friendship School” ”—Huxi Experimental Middle School, Liuzhou City, Guangxi. Flying Tigers veterans and their descendants have cordial exchanges with China’s “post-00s generation” and have developed a strong interest in traditional Chinese crafts such as round fans and tie-dyeing.
[Commentary]Chinese students were excited to see the heroes from the history books coming to campus. 14-year-old Chang Ruirui and her classmates drew Flying Tigers elements on paper bags and fans and presented them to members of the Flying Tigers delegation.
[Same period]Chang Ruirui, a student from Huxi Experimental Middle School in Liuzhou City, Guangxi
This is a bag painted by our club. (The top) is mainly in the form of a flying tiger. I think it is very important to understand the history of the Flying Tigers. I think their spirit is very valuable. When our country needs help, they can lend a helping hand in time, so I think this international spirit of friendship needs to be passed on.
[Explanation]During World War II, General Chennault of the United States formed the “American Volunteer Air Force of the Chinese Air Force” to fight with the Chinese military and civilians against Japan. They were affectionately called the “Flying Tigers” by the Chinese people. For more than 80 years, the story of the Flying Tigers has been passed down from generation to generation in China and the United States.
[Commentary]On that day, Harry Moyer met face to face with Chinese students and talked about the days of fighting side by side with the Chinese military and civilians. The post-00s generation in the audience were curious and listened attentively.
[Same period]Flying Tigers veteran Harry Moyer
I came to China in 1944. I once had the opportunity to return to China, but I still chose to stay in China and fight. I was responsible for flying fighter planes and covering transport planes transporting gasoline and other supplies from India back to China. The honors and achievements in these battles would not have been possible without the support of the people of the United States and China.
[Commentary]Today, the story of the Flying Tigers remains fresh and is passed down among the younger generations in China and the United States. Chinese schools and American high schools have established a “Flying Tigers Friendship School”. Every year, the two sides will organize exchanges of teachers and students to visit places where the “Flying Tigers” fought, historical sites and memorials.
[Commentary]Jackson Long, the 15-year-old great-grandson of Flying Tigers veteran Clifford Long, expressed the hope that people in the United States and China can cherish this period of history, inherit the spirit of the Flying Tigers, and promote world peace and prosperity.
[Same period]Jackson Long, descendant of Flying Tigers veterans
I am very happy to come to China to commemorate the beautiful memories of the Chinese people and the Flying Tigers with everyone, and to share the historical stories of that year. I also hope to bring my American classmates to this school to communicate with everyone. Only by working together (the United States and China) can we achieve peace and prosperity. I always remember the sacrifices my great-grandparents made so that we could live a better life.
Liu Juncong and Lin Xin reported from Liuzhou, Guangxi
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