|Contingents of firefighters are joined on Thursday by hundreds of people at a memorial ceremony in Xichang, Sichuan province, honoring the 27 firefighters and three locals who died while battling a forest fire.[China Daily/Zhong Yuan]|
A memorial service was held in Xichang, southwest China's Sichuan Province, Thursday morning for 30 people who died while fighting a forest fire.
Party and state leaders, including President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, Premier Li Keqiang and Vice Premier Han Zheng, sent wreaths to pay their respect.
State Councilor Wang Yong attended the service on behalf of the CPC Central Committee and State Council and extended condolences to the families of the deceased.
The 30 people, including 27 firefighters and three locals, were recognized as martyrs by the Ministry of Emergency Management and the Sichuan provincial government.
Wang said the martyrs are "role models in the new era."
More than 3,000 members of the public attended the service.
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