Memorial held for policemen killed in quake relief mission

2008-07-03 13:28:42 GMT       2008-07-03 21:28:42 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

The memorial ceremony for three policemen is held at a revolutionary martyr mausoleum in Lixian County, Aba Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

The memorial ceremony for three policemen is held at a revolutionary martyr mausoleum in Lixian County, Aba Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 3, 2008.(Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

Li Wanxiao (1st R), wife of martyr Zhao Xiang, cries during the memorial ceremony for three policemen at a revolutionary martyr mausoleum in Lixian County, Aba Prefecture, southwest China's Sichuan Province, July 3, 2008. (Xinhua/Jin Liangkuai)

Thousands of people attended the memorial ceremony of three martyrs in the quake. Three policemen, called Chen Jian, Zhao Xiang and Tang Chao, were killed when their aircraft crashed on a quake relief mission on May 31. The Mi-171 helicopter was carrying injured civilians when it crashed in the mountains in turbulence on a return trip from Lixian County to Chengdu in quake-hit Sichuan Province.

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