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Veterans of counter-Japanese war lead China's V-Day parade

2015-09-03 09:12:47 GMT2015-09-03 17:12:47(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Veterans in a phalanx attend a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

Veterans in a phalanx attend a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Xinhua/Han Chuanhao)

Veterans in a phalanx attend a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Xinhua/Jin Liwang)

Veterans in a phalanx attend a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

Veterans in a phalanx attend a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Xinhua/Zhu Zheng)

 

Veterans in a phalanx attend a parade in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2015. China on Thursday held commemoration activities, including a grand military parade, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory of the Chinese People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and the World Anti-Fascist War. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)

 

BEIJING, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Veterans who fought in the war of resistance against Japanese aggression took the lead in a massive military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II Thursday morning in downtown Beijing.

The veterans with an average age of 90, riding in convertibles in formation, represented the counter-Japanese forces led by both the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang (KMT).

The crowd applauded as vehicles carrying more than 100 war veterans, wearing uniforms adorned with awarded national medals, passed through Tian'anmen Square.