06/03/2019 – Every Day, We Must Be Vigilant —Speech at the Candlelight Vigil Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

Posted on Jun 3, 2019

Every Day, We Must Be Vigilant

—Speech at the Candlelight Vigil Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of Tiananmen Massacre

by Yang Jianli

Victims of Communism Memorial Park, Washington, DC, USA

June 3, 2019

 

Tonight, we gather once again to remember our fallen brothers and sisters in Tiananmen Square and celebrate their courage that showed the world that the Chinese people desire freedom and justice above all earthly goods.  We are here to reaffirm that, no matter how many days or decades have gone by, there will never come a time when we forget their sacrifices.

We can never repay the debts we owe to these heroes and their families, the Tiananmen mothers.

The candles we light tonight remind us that we must all be the keepers of the flame once borne by our fallen heroes. The word vigil means, literally, “a period of purposeful sleeplessness.” That is, in a sense, what we are here tonight to do: to refuse to sleep to refuse to forget the heroes we’ve lost or their mission that remains undone.

It is up to all of us to bear true witness to the bravery and sacrifice made by these heroes we honor today by remembering that we all have a personal role to play in keeping the flame burning.

We must continue to do everything we can – with all that we have – to forge a world alliance to struggle to realize our shared dream—a free China.

Let us bring this light back to our cities, our neighborhoods, our streets, and our homes.

Tonight, we hold a vigil, but, every day, we must be vigilant.