War veterans should be invited to take part in this year's grand military parade on October 1 to recognise their contributions to the People's Republic of China on the 60th anniversary of its founding, a CPPCC delegate from the People's Liberation Army has proposed. As it plans to show its new muscle and vitality to the world on National Day, the PLA should learn from western countries and let all living veterans who served in the anti-Japanese war, the civil war, the Korean war and the Sino-Vietnamese war share the glory, Xinhua quoted Major General Luo Yuan, deputy director of the Air Force Command Institute, as saying yesterday. 'When we are going to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic, we shouldn't forget all our senior comrades who made great contributions to our country,' he said. 'I propose to recall all the war veterans to our army and form a phalanx to let Central Military Commission chairman Hu Jintao inspect them. It should be a very touching moment to teach new soldiers to inherit their revolutionary spirit.' General Luo had also suggested the Central Military Commission award medals to all veterans who were serving 60 years ago, Xinhua reported. Zhang Zhuan, 80, who won 13 medals in the anti-Japanese war, the civil war and the Korean conflict, said he was happy to hear such a proposal raised at the annual meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. 'It's a great idea, and I hope the Central Military Commission approves it as soon as possible, even though I don't think I will be chosen.' A navy parade would also be launched in waters off Qingdao, Shandong, on April 23, the founding date of the PLA Navy 60 years ago, Northern Fleet vice-commander Rear Admiral Wang Fushan said. It will be China's first sea parade since 1949. 'We will hold several activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our navy, with invitations of the sea parade in April sent to our foreign counterparts,' Rear Admiral Wang said. Xinhua said the three warships sent to pirate-infested waters off Somalia to protect Chinese merchant ships would take part in the sea parade as they were scheduled to return on March 25.