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2016 Remembrance Day Event – Kinkaseki / Taiwan Prisoner of War Memorial
November 13, 2016 @ 9:15 am - 3:00 pm CSTNT400
From August 1942 until September 1945 more than 4350 Allied prisoners of war were held in 14 POW camps on the island of Taiwan. They suffered terribly at the hands of their Japanese captors and more than 10% of the POWs died. In 1997, the Kinkaseki / Taiwan Prisoner of War Memorial at Jinguashi was built and dedicated, and every year since then a Remembrance Day service has been held on the site of the old POW camp.
The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society with assistance from the New Zealand Commerce & Industry Office in Taipei is holding the annual Remembrance Day service on Sunday November 13th, 2016. This year we will have six family members of the former Taiwan POWs returning for the event.
The Remembrance Day service takes place 11:00 am on the site of the former Kinkaseki POW Camp in the village of Jinguashi. Following the service everyone is invited to join together for a picnic lunch in the community center.
Chartered buses will depart from the east side of the Grand Hyatt Hotel – #2 SongShou Road – sharp at 9:15am, and will leave Jinguashi for Taipei around 2 pm. The cost for the bus and lunch is NT$400 and reservations are required.
Reservations for the Remembrance Day event can be made by contacting:
Jewell Hsu at the New Zealand Commerce & Industry Office in Taipei
Tel: 02 8758 3604
Please book early to ensure you have a place on the bus.
The deadline for the bus reservations is – 5pm Wednesday, November 9th.
It is highly recommended that the bus transportation provided be used, as there is no parking for private vehicles at the site, special vehicle permits are required for access to the park on weekends, and we cannot be responsible for anyone getting lost on the way or being late for the service, if going by private vehicle.
We would appreciate it however if those who wish to go on their own would kindly also contact Jewell to let her know, so that enough seating, programs and food can be prepared. Everyone is welcome to join us for this year’s special events and we hope that many will come out to remember and honour the men to whom we owe a debt that can never be repaid.
For more information about the Remembrance Weekend events, please visit the POW Society Taiwan website.
Reservations are to be made with Jewell only.
With best regards,
Michael Hurst MBE
Director, Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society