Du Lan and You Duan Yang were selected as China’s Inspirational Role Models and honored in Touching China Awards
In the selection of "Persons of the Year Who Touched China in 2019", Du Lan and You Duan Yang, the two principals of Macau Hou Kong Middle School, who have been guarding the national flag for 70 years, were recommended by the organizing committee and voted by the whole country to be in the education of patriotism. With outstanding achievements, they were successfully elected, and their deeds moved the whole country.
Passing on the Patriotism
"Touching China" is created by CCTV. Through various voting methods, the most inspirational role model or teams of the year are selected for commendation, and they are praised by the media as "the annual spiritual epic of the Chinese people".
On October 1, 1949, Du Lan raised the first five-star red flag in Hou Kong Middle School. Since then, the school has held the national flag raising ceremony every year on the school anniversary and the National Day. On the day of Macau's return to the motherland, Du Lan, who was already 87 years old, put down her crutches and raised the national flag, passing on her love for the country to the children of Macau's Hou Kong Middle School. You Duan Yang, the current principal of Hou Kong Middle School, has inherited Du Lan’s educational philosophy. In the past 20 years since the return of Macao to China, a flag-raising ceremony has been held every Monday to integrate patriotism into the children’s life.