Under the national flag, we swear: the motherland will always be in our hearts.
On September 23, 2019, more than 1,300 teachers and students gathered at the east gate plaza at Nanwai King’s College School Wuxi for a solemn flag-raising ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The flag was raised by former honour guards of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Liu Jinguo, Chen Yunyu, Zhang Bozhen and Chi Wenlong have together participated in more than 300 national ceremonies including the returns of Hong Kong and Macau, the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Asian Youth Games. They have also received many international guests and heads of states.
At the event, Liv Letourneau, a Grade 8 student, said: “This was a very special experience because it was an opportunity to experience Chinese culture.”
Teachers and students applauded as the national flag was raised and, accompanied by a student playing the violin, sang the song Me and My Motherland, which includes the lyrics: “My country and I cannot be separated for a moment. Wherever I go, there is a song of praise.”
Speaking at the event, Maode Shen, Chinese Principal at the school, said: “My heart is singing! This song represents the infinite love that everyone here has for China. I hope today’s ceremony will help Chinese children respect the national flag and love the motherland from the bottom of their hearts. I also hope it helps our international students to truly identify with Chinese culture.”
“As the representative of the international staff, this was a very meaningful celebration for us that we will remember for a long time,” added Dr John Kennard, Executive Principal.
Summing up the feelings of many at the event, Hope from Grade 8 said she felt “honored” to participate in this kind of ceremony.