At the request of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, two United States flags flew over the U.S. Capitol on May 13, 2020 to honor Mr. Li Hongzhi, the founder of Falun Gong.
May 13 was the 21st World Falun Dafa Day and the 28th anniversary of Falun Dafa’s public introduction, as well as Master Li’s birthday.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick also issued a special recognition in honor of Mr. Li and World Falun Dafa Day.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a Member of Congress from the first Congressional District of Pennsylvania, presented the two flags flown over the Capitol on May 13 to the Greater Philadelphia Falun Dafa Association.
The special recognition reads, “This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United State Capitol at the request of the honorable Brian Fitzpatrick, Member of Congress, May 13, 2020.”
“Mr. Li Hongzhi, founder and leader of Falun Dafa, introducing Falun Dafa to the world and teaching the core principles of Falun Dafa—Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance (Zhen, Shan, Ren). Your legacy will continue to touch and instill confidence in our future generation of leaders around the world.”
“This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of the honorable Brian Fitzpatrick, Member of Congress, May 13, 2020,” reads the other special recognition presented to the Greater Philadelphia Falun Dafa Association.
“In commemoration of World Falun Dafa Day and the 21st anniversary of the public introduction of Falun Dafa.”
Falun Gong was first taught to the public in 1992. Nearly 100 million people across China were soon practicing it after experiencing improvements in their health and character.
Jiang Zemin, former head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), perceived the spiritual discipline’s growing popularity as a threat to the CCP’s atheistic ideology and issued an order to ban Falun Gong on July 20, 1999.
Minghui.org has confirmed the deaths of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in the persecution over the past 20 years; the actual number is suspected to be much higher. More have been imprisoned and tortured for their faith.
There is concrete evidence that the CCP sanctions the harvesting of organs from detained practitioners, who are murdered to supply the organ transplant industry.
Under Jiang’s personal direction, the CCP established the 610 Office, an extralegal security organisation with the power to override the police and judicial systems, and whose sole function is to carry out the persecution of Falun Gong.
Nevertheless, Falun Gong practitioners continue to raise awareness of the persecution and spread the grace of the spiritual belief across the world.