May.18, 2008 – Global mourning for the victims in the huge Sichuan earthquake

Dear Alumni and friends,
Beginning from Monday, our motherland will be on a three-day national mourning for the tens of thousands of people killed in the destructive earthquake.
Today at 4:58 am (Beijing Time), the national flag at the Tian’anmen Square in Beijing flew at half-mast after a complete flag-raising ceremony.
From Monday to Wednesday, all Chinese national flags will fly at half-mast within China and at all Chinese diplomatic missions abroad. Public recreational activities will be halted during the mourning period.
At 2:28 pm Monday (our local time 2:28am tonight), Chinese citizens nationwide will stand in silence for three minutes to mourn for the victims, while sirens and horns of automobiles, trains and ships will wail in grief.
In the mourning period, condolence books will be opened in China’s Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassies and consulates around the world.
On behalf of our members and friends of Tsinghua Alumni Association of Ottawa, I will attend the national mourning at the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa at 2:28am tonight and the grief rites at 8:30am tomorrow morning.
If you are still awake tonight at 2:28am, please join this global historic moment to stand in silence for three minutes to mourn for the victims in the earthquake.
If you can manage, you can also go directly to the Chinese Embassy which will open from 10:00am~12:00pm and 2:00pm~5:00pm, on May.20 and May.21, for anybody who would like to mourn for the dead and sign on the condolence books.
Our Chinese nation has never been defeated by any severe situations or difficulties caused by natural disasters or man-made calamities. The earthquake can bring down our homes, kill our lives…but it can never destroy our spirit! The Chinese nation will be even stronger afterwards.
Let’s give our deep respect to those who lost their lives in the earthquake and those who are still fighting and working hard to rescue survivors in that area.
Let’s do whatever we could to help China, our dear motherland.
Let’s transfer our grief into strength and do even better in our sectors to show our proud to be a Chinese.
Best regards and wishes.

On behalf of Tsinghua Alumni Association of Ottawa