A day of Mourning for China
Beijing – Exactly 1-week after the powerful 7.9 earthquake hit central china the 1.3 billion people that live in this country stopped everything they were doing at precisely 2:28 pm in memory of the over 50,000 people that died. When I say everything I mean everything stopped. All the traffic on all the beltways, businesses, etc. For three minutes all you could hear was the blare of car and bus horns, trains and air raid sirens. As we sat in the parking lot waiting for the memoriam to end, it really moved me as well as others about the great loss this country has gone through.
Over the next 3 days the country will fly the national flag for the first time in it’s history at half-mast for the “common people.” In addition they have closed all movie theaters, all entertainment events, discotheques and pubs for the time period. They have even stopped all transmission of international TV shows and all CCTV will show on the TV are stories in memory of those that have died. Even last night 7 days after the quake they are still pulling people out of the rubble that are still alive.
It’s obvious this disaster is one that will leave scars on the people for many years to come. My heart and prayers go out to those in China that have lost so much.