Per an official announcement by Nanjing's government, after the singing of the National Anthem of the People's Republic of China at the ceremony, motor vehicles on the roads in the city's downtown areas stopped and honked their horns for one minute and trains and ships also blew their horns simultaneously in mourning, while pedestrians and all those in public places observed one minute's silence.
On Dec. 13, 1937, Japanese troops entered Nanjing and set to indiscriminately slaughtering, raping, and torturing its inhabitants for over 40 days. Since 1994, Jiangsu province and Nanjing city have held a mourning ceremony on Dec. 13 each year, including tolling the Bell of Peace, laying wreaths, and the like, but this occurred only at the local government-level until, on Feb. 27, 2014, the Seventh Session of the Standing Committee of the Twelfth National People's Congress resolved to set aside Dec. 13 of each year as the National Memorial Day for victims of the Nanjing Massacre.
Flag half-mast ceremony mourning the 300,000 victims of the Nanjing Massacre.
The Memorial Hall for Victims of the Nanjing Massacre committed by Japanese Invaders, starting on the morning of Dec. 13, 1937.
Plaques with the wording 'National Memorial Day' installed on the wall of the Memorial Hall.
Banners inscribed with 'Never forget our national humiliation, Let the Chinese dream come true' installed around the Memorial Hall.