Evening gala and torchlight procession of Pyongyang youth and students

Pyongyang, September 9 (KCNA) — An evening gala of youth and students and a torchlight procession of 100,000 people in Pyongyang took place at Kim Il Sung Square on Sept. 9, the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.

A portrait of the President Kim Il Sung was placed at the square.
Floating in the sky above the square were large balloons from which hung streamers with letters “Long live the great leader comrade Kim Il Sung ” “Long live the great leader comrade Kim Jong Il ” “singlehearted unity” and “devoted defence.”
Kim Jong Il, General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army, appeared on the platform of the square.
Occupying the platform were Kim Yong Nam, Ri Jong Ok Pak Song Chol, Kim Yong Ju, Jon Mun Sop, Jo Myong Rok, Kim Yong Chun, Kim Il Chol, Ri Ul Sol, Hong Song Nam and other senior party and state officials, anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, commanders of the services and arms and generals of the KPA and leading officials of party and power bodies and working people’s organisations.
When the song “Long live generalissimo Kim Il Sung” was played the youth and students began to dance at the square which was brilliantly illumined.
They joyously danced to the tune of songs “Our happiness is thanks to the leader,” “My country is best,” “Let’s defend socialism” and “Marshal Kim Jong Il, our father.” The evening gala went into high gear as young men and women gave a music and dance performance full of conviction and optimism.
Then came a torchlight procession.
Amid the playing of “Song of proclamation of the people’s republic” the torchlight processions advanced with open cars carrying flags bearing portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at the van.
Anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, heroes of the republic and war veterans who are the first and second generations of the revolution were followed by columns of young men and women of the rising generation who are heirs to the revolution. They advanced with their torchlights spelling out letters “Kim Il Sung,” “Kim Jong Il,” “singlehearted unity,” “strong army,” “powerful state” and “devoted defence.”
Columns of flags of the workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK and red flags passed and loud cheers were raised among them.

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