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The National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall is hosting a series of activities to mark the 89th anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat-sen's death on March 12, which is also the date of Taiwan's Arbor Day. The events include giving away tree saplings, screening of environmental films, and inaugurating a new bronze statue of Dr. Sun.
Starting at 9 AM, the Forestry Bureau will give away 1,500 tree saplings, including sweet olives, azaleas, and camellias, on the east side of the plaza in front of the memorial hall. Each person can pick up two free saplings; those who bring two dead batteries for recycle at the plaza can take home two more young trees.
"More than Honey,” a documentary directed by Swiss filmmakerMarkus Imhoof, is scheduled to be screened at the hall at 10 AM. For its poignant yet clear-headed coverage of the potential extinction of bumblebees, the 2012 production was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
While the documentary plays, teachers and students from Zhongshan Elementary School and Bo Ai Elementary School in Taipei will plant trees together. After showing appreciation for Earth by planting new saplings, one of the day's highlights will be the unveiling of a bronze bust of Dr. Sun made by sculptor Wang Hsiu-chi (王秀杞).
Finally, in memory of the centennial death anniversary of Luo Fuxing (羅福星), a revolutionist and martyr who followed Dr. Sun's lead in the 1911 revolution against the imperial Qing Dynasty, a symposium on "Sun Yat-sen and Luo Fuxing” will be held from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
* Editor's Note: Arbor Day is celebrated in many countries around the world, but the dates vary with local climate and planting season. R.O.C. Founding Father Dr. Sun Yat-sen had been a strong advocate for the economic and environmental values of trees; hence, March 12 was chosen to commemorate both his passing and the importance of arbor preservation.