A total of 240 military personnel and relief workers will be honored for their contribution to disaster relief work at the upcoming Republic of China National Day ceremony in front of the Presidential Office, during which there will be a flyover by 15 helicopters for relief work, the organizers said Wednesday.
The Oct. 10 celebrations will recognize these individuals as the "Pride of Taiwan," according to Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (???), who is also head of the preparatory committee for national day celebrations.
Programs at the celebrations to mark the 105th anniversary of the establishment of the ROC will be divided into two sections: "Relief Work Heroes" and "Taiwan Values," according to the committee.
The "Relief Work Heroes" section will showcase the spirit of national unity during natural disasters, the committee said.
A total of 15 choppers used for relief work, including UH-60M Black Hawk and AS-365 helicopters from the Ministry of the Interior's National Airborne Service Corps, EC225 and S-70C helicopters from the Air Force and UH-1H and CH-47SD helicopters from the Army, will fly over the Presidential Office as a salute to the relief work heroes, the committee added.
The ROC military will also display an array of equipment and vehicles -- often deployed in natural disasters -- at the ceremony, the committee said.
In the "Taiwan Values" section, Taiwanese athletes who won medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics will attend the ceremony in recognition of their achievements, it added.
The National Day ceremony will be the first since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office on May 20. The president is scheduled to give a speech at the event, which will be attended by Taiwanese government officials and foreign officials based in Taiwan, as well as members of the public, who have applied to attend.
Meanwhile, about 4,000 Taiwanese expatriates are scheduled to attend the National Day celebrations, the Overseas Community Affairs Council said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel