Over 250,000 people turned out in Taipei today to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Republic.
Parade marching presidential palace (3)
Military guard marching past
Top view of parade
Chiang Ching-Kuo (3)
Chiang Ching-Kuo shaking hands with guests
Chiang Ching-Kuo clapping
GV celebrations at presidential palace.
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Background: Over 250,000 people turned out in Taipei today to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Republic.
Since early this morning, thousands of school children and members of Taiwan's armed forces paraded through the streets of taipei to the Presidential Palace, where the "Double Tenth" ceremony is traditionally held.
President Chiang Kai-Shek was not present at this year's celebrations. The 85-year-old Nationalist leader has not appeared in public since he fell ill in August 1971.
But President Chiang issued a message on the eve of this year's National Day, calling on the people of Taiwan to join together to accomplish national reunification.
As at last year's celebrations, President Chiang's son, Premier Chang Ching-Kuo presided over the parade. After reviewing an honour guard, the Premier greeted numerous guests, among them representatives from foreign embassies accredited to Taipei.
The celebrations were festive, despite heavy rain and wind from Typhoon Nora. A sixty-two gun salute was fired, marking the number of years China has been a Republic. china became a Republic in 1911 when Dr. Sun Yat Sen overthrew the Manchu Dynasty in a bloody revolution.