The Ceremony of National Mourning in Autumn Rites in 2008, for all walks of life, was held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 3 at the Martyrs' Shrine. This ceremony was officiated by Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi, accompanied by Taichung Councilor Liou Guo-long and Liou Shih-jhou, and chiefs from military and political domains. The ceremony was solemn and sublime. Before the Ceremony of National Mourning in Autumn Rites, Taichung City Government held an enshrinement ceremony for Martyr Wei Tsu-yuan, which was officiated by Chief of Civil Affairs Department Mu Guei-sin, accompanied by chiefs from related units and his family members. The ceremony was simple but solemn. Then, at 9 a.m., his family members went on to attend the Ceremony of National Mourning in Autumn Rites in 2008, for all walks of life, in Taichung City, which was officiated by Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao Chia-chi.
On May 11, 2007, Martyr Wei Tsu-yuan was performing an anti-airborne mission during composite training of Soldier Verification in Han Kwang 23 Military Exercise. However, he encountered sudden difficulties southwest of the Hukou military complex, Hsinchu County. In order to avoid possible casualties and damages on the ground (Hsin-Chu Industrial Park and civilians’ houses outside the complex), he flew his plane away from populated areas. However, he failed to parachute, and crashed at the First Camp of the 542 Military Armor Brigade. He sacrificed himself and died in line of duty to be a martyr.
After the ceremony was completed, Taichung Deputy Mayor Hsiao consoled members and representatives of the family, and gave consolatory cash gifts to express his respects. At present, the number of registered martyrs in Taichung is 39, becoming 40 after Martyr Wei Tsu-yuan is included in the enshrinement today. The majority of these 40 enshrined martyrs are people who died in the line of duty, or in battle, when performing military missions, or police officers who died in the line of duty, or volunteer police officers (firefighters), who died in the line of duty when performing duties, or common civilians who acted heroically to save others by sacrificing them selves. In order to exalt these brave feats, and to become models of future generations, they were enshrined in Martyrs' Shrine.