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China holds commemorative ceremony at quake epicenter

2009-05-12 06:42:52 GMT2009-05-12 14:42:52 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Foreign diplomats present flowers during the commemorative service to mark the first anniversary of May 12 Earthquake in Yingxiu Township of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

The sculpture of a destroyed clock plate is seen prior to the ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the devastating Wenchuan earthquake in Yingxiu Township of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 12, 2009. China will mark the anniversary of last year's devastating earthquake Tuesday afternoon with commemorative activities to be held in the epicenter Yingxiu Township. (Xinhua Photo)

Guards of honor present floral baskets to the symbolic clock during the ceremony to mark the first anniversary of May 12 Earthquake in Yingxiu Township of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 12, 2009.

A commemorative service is held to mark the first anniversary of May 12 Earthquake in Yingxiu Township of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

People present flowers during the commemorative service to mark the first anniversary of May 12 Earthquake in Yingxiu Township of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 12, 2009. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

YINGXIU, Sichuan Province, May 12 (Xinhua) -- China held a commemorative service Tuesday afternoon at the epicenter of last year's massive earthquake that left more than 87,000 people dead or missing.

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