Spectators applauded the Waist Drum Team and Dancing Dragon as they celebrated America’s 243th birthday. The 4th of July parade is always the high point of the week-long festivities in the first U.S. capital and the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence.
More than 200 Falun Gong practitioners participated in the National Independence Day Parade in the U.S. capital, fielding the Tian Guo Marching Band, a beautiful float, and a giant festive birthday cake balloon. Participating in this celebration of freedom was particularly poignant for many of the practitioners, some of whom suffered persecution in China for their faith or lost loved ones to the 20-year persecution.
The San Francisco Falun Dafa group's Tian Guo Marching Band stood out as the only marching band in the “The Rose, White and Blue Parade” in San Jose on the 4th of July in celebration of America's Independence Day. The parade organizer commended the group's performance and the Falun Dafa principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance. She said, "These values can hold the country together.”
A 65-year-old woman was arrested five times and twice imprisoned for practicing Falun Gong. She contracted tuberculosis during her second imprisonment but was denied medical parole. Her health continued to deteriorate, and she died five and a half years after being released from prison.
Michigan and Ohio, USA: Falun Gong Practitioners Invited to Participate in Local Independence Day Parades
Falun Gong practitioners participated in parades in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Columbus, Ohio.
Ms. Zhang Wei has been denied family visits for four months because she did the Falun Gong exercises at Liaoning Women's Prison, where she is serving a 8.5-year term for not renouncing her faith.
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