BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Civil Affairs on Tuesday urged local governments to honor Chinese martyrs with well-organized activities, ahead of the country's annual Tomb-Sweeping Day on April 5.
The ministry published a circular on public memorial activities for martyrs that stipulates the organizers, procedures and other requirements of such events.
"Public memorial activities to commemorate martyrs should be held on Tomb-Sweeping Days, National Days and other important anniversaries," the circular said.
A statement issued by the ministry said that some local authorities' poorly organized memorial activities with hasty procedures and lack of due courtesy have undermined the promotion of martyrs' spirits.
According to the circular, civil affairs agencies at county level or above are responsible for the planning of such commemorations and the events should be organized and carried out by local governments.
Public commemorations should be held at martyrs' memorial sites and attended by representatives of local Communist Party of China committees, government departments, military units and public organizations, the document said.
Martyrs' relatives, representatives of veterans, soldiers and teachers and students of local schools may also be invited, it added.
Procedures mandated in the circular included announcing the opening of ceremony, singing the national anthem, reading memorial eulogies and presenting flowers.
The circular stressed that such events should be carried out in a solemn and respectful manner while maintaining frugality.