Magistrate Yang Cheng-wu welcomes veterans back to Kinmen
Kinmen Sep. 24 (CNA) Kinmen County Magistrate Yang Cheng-wu (楊鎮浯) extended a warm welcome to veterans who once served in Kinmen back to the outlying island Thursday. The county has organized a series of activities and offered special discounts to impress these special tourists.
Wearing a green-color military uniform, holding a rifle, Yang dressed as a veteran and posed for the camera to promote the event welcoming veterans back to Kinmen, which will be taking place this year from the end of September through December 15.
In order to draw tourists to the county, Yang visited a long-established store called the Golden Dragon Photo Studio to take pictures. He and studio owner Lee Guo-ming (李國明) posted a sign printed "Discount Store" at the entrance and hung a flag to promote the event, as well as to showcase their utmost sincerity and hospitality to greet visitors.
Lee said most of the soldiers would take a photo while joining the army and retiring from the army during the early years. He remembered a young soldier required the studio to composite a photo of him and his girlfriend in 1990. After so many years, he returned to Kinmen with his wife, then his girlfriend, and took a shot together.
Lee said many veterans came back to the place with their families after 30 years of retirement from the army. It shows the place leaving them unforgettable memories.
Director of the Tourism Department Ding Jian-gang (丁健剛) said more than 8,000 veterans returned to Kinmen last year, boosting local incomes and creating considerable job opportunities. There are around 133 stores joining the event and offering discounts this year. Ding indicated those stores include barber shops, photo shops, restaurants, hotels and motels, gift shops and many others.
In particular, there is one store providing personal service to customize arm badges and name tags. It brings exclusive memories for the former soldiers. Also, some travel agencies have rolled out one-day trips leading visitors to Jindong, Jinxi, and Lieyu with special offers. For detailed information on this event, please visit the county’s tourism website.(sponsored content)
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