Pyongyang, September 20 (KCNA) – General Secretary Kim Jong Il, Chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, on Saturday went to the Patriotic Martyrs’ Cemetery which had been rebuilt in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the DPRK.
He was accompanied by chief of the general staff Kim Yong Chun, Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Kim Il Chol and general officers of the Korean People’s Army.
The visiting party also included secretaries Kim Kuk Thae and Kim Ki Nam of the Workers’ Party of Korea Central Committee.
Buried in the cemetery are the remains of forerunners, senior party, state and military officials and men of meritorious services in science, education, public health, culture and the arts and the press, who died while fighting for the liberation of the country, the building of socialism and the reunification of the motherland.
The cemetery has taken on new looks with stone portraits of the martyrs attached to the gravestones.
The stone portraits represent Kim Jong Il’s noble sense of morality and loyalty and his deep trust in and loving care for the martyrs and their bereaved families.
Looking round the cemetery, Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il learned about the reconstruction and noted with great satisfaction that the stone portraits of the martyrs had been represented as vividly as if they had been alive.
He inspected each of the hundreds of gravestones, recalled the martyrs’ devotion to the liberation of the country, the building of socialism and the reunification of the motherland and appreciated their feats.
Looking at the portraits with deep emotion, he said the martyrs’ feats for the independence, reunification and prosperity of the country would shine long in the annals of the nation.
He said the stone portraits had changed the looks of the cemetery and would impress the bereaved families and all other visitors. He praised those who reconstructed the cemetery as splendidly as the party intended.
It is the invariable moral obligation of the party to exalt the life of the fallen fighters of the revolution and put them forward as immortal people, he said, adding that the DPRK is proud of the cemetery which will hand the feats of patriotic martyrs down through generations.
He described the revolutionary and patriotic martyrs as noble-minded people and laid down concrete tasks and ways of preserving the cemetery as well as can be of eternal value.
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