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KJI Visits CPV Memorial in S Pyongan

Photo released by Korean Central News Agency on Oct. 26, 2010 shows Kim Jong Il (C front), top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), attending a memorial ceremony at the tombs of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) martyrs where thousands of Chinese soldiers, including late Chairman Mao Zedong's eldest son Mao Anying, were buried, in Hoechang County in South Phyongan Province as the DPRK and China marked the 60th anniversary of the entry of the CPV onto the Korean front. During the event, Kim, general secretary of Worker's Party of Korea (WPK), was accompanied by a number of DPRK party and military leaders, including Ri Yong Ho, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the WPK and chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA), Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission, and Kim Yong Chun, vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission. (Xinhua/KCNA)

Kim Jong Il visited a CPV cemetery and memorial in Hoechang County, South Pyongan, along with Jang Song Taek, Kim Jong Un and a group of KWP and KPA leadership.  During his visit, KJI placed a wreath at the grave of Mao Zedong’s son, Mao Anying, who was killed during his participation in the Korean War.  KCNA reported:

A guard of honor of the three services of the KPA and a guard of honor of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards lined up before the cemetery.

Amidst the wreath-laying music after the national anthems of China and the DPRK were played, Kim Jong Il together with the senior officials of the party and army who accompanied him laid wreaths before the grave of Mao Anying and the cemetery of fallen fighters of the CPV and paid silent tribute to the fallen fighters of the CPV.

Then he went round the grave of Mao Anying and the cemetery of fallen fighters of the CPV.

Recollecting with deep emotion the great feats and merits performed by the brave fighters of the CPV during the past Fatherland Liberation War, he said that the noble self-sacrificing spirit and militant friendship displayed by the fallen fighters of the CPV would be always remembered by the Korean people.

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