A group of 88 soldiers walked down the aisle with their loved ones yesterday in Dongguan city, Guangdong province, to celebrate the 88th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army—oh, and also to celebrate their love for each other.
According to Xinhua News, many of the newlywed soldiers, including armed police and firefighters, are stationed on frontier islands or work in mobile forces based in Guangdong province.
At 10 a.m., a platoon of 88 couples joined the flag raising ceremony. One of the brides named Lu Xiaojing told reporters that it was the first time that she had felt so moved by a flag rising up a pole and said that she was proud to be the wife of a soldier.
“This is the most romantic marriage I can imagine,” said one unimaginative mother of a bride. “88 pairs of newlyweds holding their marriage ceremony on the 88th anniversary, with ten thousand family members and friends witnessing that sweetest moment of all!”
“A family’s happiness forms the foundation of a country’s safety and peace,” said the organizer He Weihan, who hopefully didn’t give a very long congratulation speech.
The Communist Party of China founded the People’s Liberation Army on August 1, 1927. At that time, the army was called the Chinese Worker’s and Peasant’s Red Army, just Red Army for short.
Want more Army Day? Check out these less colorful pics of the PLA’s past.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Xinhua// guancha.cn]