This week's meet up will be held in conjunction with the Taiwan POW camps memorial society. It will be held in the afternoon. Information below -- if you are planning to attend, RSVP to Jerome at jkeating AT ms67.hinet.net.
Saturday August 15th - will be the 64th anniversary of VJ Day - the day the Japanese surrendered and the end of World War II. Although it seems so long ago now, let us take a few minutes on this special day to remember the price that was paid to end that terrible war and all those who suffered in one way or another through it - from the combatants themselves, to the prisoners of war, those who served "at home" and all the family members who lost loved ones during that terrible conflict which claimed so many millions of lives.
Once again, August 15th will also be celebrated as FEPOW (Far East Prisoner of War) DAY in many places around the world. This is a day that has been designated to remember all the prisoners of war - military and civilian, who were captured by the Japanese in WWII and all that they suffered.
The Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society is proud to present "FEPOW DAY in Taiwan" again this year. The event will take place on Saturday August 15 at “The Taipei Film House - SPOT THEATER" located at # 18 Chungshan North Road Sec. 2. (near the intersection of Chungshan N. Rd. and Nanking West Road - the Chungshan MRT station serves this venue).
The program will feature a memorial tribute to the FEPOWs, followed by the showing of the film “Paradise Road” – depicting the story of a group of army nurses and civilian women and children internees, their suffering and their triumph over adversity and their road to freedom. The movie is directed by Academy Award winner Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy), and features actresses Glenn Close, Cate Blanchet and Frances McDormand, among others. The film gives a true picture of what it was like to be a prisoner of the Japanese. (The film is in English only - sorry, there are no Chinese subtitles.)
In addition, a collection of military and Taiwan POW artifacts will be on display. The doors will open at 12:30 pm to give people a chance to view the POW exhibit before the program commences at 13:30. Following the film there will be further time for questions and discussion.
The event is sponsored by the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society with assistance from the Dep't. of Cultural Affairs of the Taipei City Government. We are grateful for their support and are looking forward to a great event.
Invitations are being sent out by email to our friends and supporters in Taiwan and space is limited to around 75 persons. If enough interest is shown, the film can be run twice in the same afternoon, so we need to know how many are planning to attend.
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