At the front of the parade, female practitioners dressed in white, the traditional colour of mourning in Chinese culture, carried wreaths with photographs of those Falun Gong practitioners who have been persecuted to death, to commemorate the tragic waste of their precious lives. One lady, Dai Zhizhen, carried a wooden box with white flowers on top containing the ashes of her husband who was persecuted to death for his belief in Falun Dafa. The scene was truly solemn and touching.
Following them came the rest of the parade, bright and colourful. The bright morning sun shone for the whole parade, lighting up the hundreds of banners as if they glowed from within. There was a large variety of banners, all shapes, sizes and messages, but they all shared two common themes - Falun Dafa is good, stop the persecution of Falun Dafa. Many banners were focused on the urgent resuce of family mambers around the world, such as Charles Li, Lin Wenrong and Xiong Wei.
Many local people stopped to quietly watch the parade, to ask about Falun Gong and the persecution and to accept leaflets from the practitioners. The solemnity and beauty of the parade left a deep impression on them.
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