Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, addresses the opening of the exhibition. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]
An exhibition on the theme "Everlasting Female Red Army Soldiers: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Victory of the Long March" opened on November 15 at the China National Museum of Women and Children in Beijing.
The exhibition, supported by the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH), presents the stories of over 80 female Red Army soldiers through photos, illustrations and historical artifacts.
Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, delivered an introductory speech at the opening ceremony.
Song said she hoped the exhibition could inspire officials to remember the historical contributions and achievements made by female Red Army soldiers; unite them more closely under the leadership of the Central Party Committee headed by President Xi Jinping; and, carry on the spirit of the Long March in the course of realizing the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.
Song further remarked that she hoped officials could further advance China's "two centenary goals" of establishing a moderately well-off society in all aspects by the time the CPC celebrates its centenary in 2021, and transforming China into a prosperous, democratic and harmonious modern socialist country by the time the People's Republic of China celebrates its centenary in 2049.
Deng Li, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the ACWF and curator of the museum, presided over the event. She stated that the exhibition would help develop the museum into an important base for promoting the Long March spirit and carrying out traditional revolutionary and patriotic education.
Guan Qiang, vice-director of the SACH, said in his speech that the exhibition has been listed in China's top 10 theme exhibitions on the 95th anniversary of the Communist Party of China and the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Long March. He also praised the efforts and achievements that the China National Museum of Women and Children has made in various aspects over the past few years.
Afterwards, Zhang Min, a representative of Red Army veterans, He Li, a representative of the offspring of Red Army soldiers delivered a speech respectively, recalling the spirit of the Long March in different aspects.
Party history expert Xia Yanyue and co-sponsor representative Zhang Chongyu also spoke about how to improve the museum's functions and further play its role in passing down the Long March spirit in their speech.
More than 300 people, including students, Red Army veterans and officials, as well as representatives from women groups and government departments, attended the opening ceremony. Huang Qingyi, former vice-president and first member of the Secretariat of the ACWF, also attended the opening ceremony.
The exhibition will last for a month and closes on December 15 with further educational activities to be carried out.