李登輝移靈車隊北榮出發 醫護列隊送最後一程 | Taiwanese pay respect to former president ahead of private funeral

Hopsital personnel pay respects to former President Lee Teng-hui. (Photo courtesy of CNA)

【看CP學英文】前總統李登輝入殮禮拜今天上午在濟南教會舉行,移靈車隊一早從台北榮總出發,榮總醫護人員列隊致意,送李登輝最後一程。

Former President Lee Teng-hui’s funeral was held at the Chi-nan Presbyterian Church in Taipei on Friday. The funeral procession set off from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital early Friday morning, with medical personnel standing outside the hospital to send off Lee on his last ride.

李登輝7月30日在台北榮總辭世,享耆壽98歲。有關李登輝治喪事宜,總統府表示,工作小組尊重李登輝生前宗教信仰及家屬意願,今天於台灣基督教長老教會濟南教會進行入殮火化禮拜後,於台北市立第二殯儀館火化。

上午6時40分左右,在北榮醫護人員列隊送行下,移靈車隊由警方前導,緩緩從北榮離開。

According to the Presidential Office, Lee died on July 30 at the age of 98, and in respect to Lee’s families’ wishes and religious beliefs, the funeral will be held at the Chi-nan Presbyterian Church and his body was cremated at the Taipei Mortuary Sevices Office, Second Funeral Parlor.

The hearse was seen leaving the hospital at 6:40 a.m.

北榮副院長黃信彰受訪時說,醫護人員都是自發送行,代表對李登輝的愛戴和不捨。尤其是照顧李登輝10多年的醫療團隊感受特別深,感謝李登輝和家屬對北榮的信任,相信李登輝已化為千縷微風,翱翔在廣闊的天空,但也繼續眷顧台灣。

According to statements released by the hospital, the lines of medical personnel paying their respects were all voluntary, especially those who had taken care of the former President for 10 years or more.

The hospital thanked Lee and his family for placing their trust in them and expressed the belief that Lee will always be looking out for Taiwan.

移靈車隊上午6時57分到達濟南教會,將進行入殮火化禮拜;儀式結束後,載運李登輝遺體的車隊將繞行總統府一周,再送往二殯火化。

The hearse is reported to have arrived at the church at 6:57 am, and will head to mortuary once the procession ends.

The funeral procession will also make a symbolic lap around the Presidential Office before leaving.

總統府發言人張惇涵日前表示,今天將進行的治喪事務為李登輝家族內禮拜,為尊重家屬,相關細節不對外公開,也不會發布新聞。

A spokesperson from the Presidential Office announced recently that the funeral will be a private event, and with respect to Lee’s family,  details of the procession will not be made public.