National Memorial Service Marks First Anniversary of Demise of Kim Jong Il
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, December 16 (KCNA) -- A national memorial service was held with solemnity here to mark the first anniversary of demise of leader Kim Jong Il.
Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, was present.
Leading officials of the party, state and army attended.
All the participants observed a moment's silence in memory of Kim Jong Il in humblest reverence.
Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, made a memorial address. He said:
The whole life of Kim Jong Il was the most brilliant life of a great revolutionary who took an untrodden path with his iron will and superhuman energy holding high the red flag, and the one of the peerless patriot who devoted his all to the country and its people only.
He, with his extraordinary wisdom and energetic pursuit, formulated the revolutionary idea of President Kim Il Sung as Kimilsungism and made it shed its rays as the great guiding idea in the era of independence and brightly indicated the way for accomplishing the popular masses' cause of independence.
He developed in depth the President's idea of attaching importance to the arms into the Songun revolutionary idea and Songun political theory and put forward the theory of building a thriving socialist nation. This is the special ideological and theoretical feat which significantly increased the attraction and vitality of Kimilsungism and powerfully proved its validity.
He strengthened the KPA into the matchless revolutionary army of Mt. Paektu, led the unprecedented standoff with imperialism and the U.S. to one victory after another and made the DPRK a world-level military power and legitimate nuclear weapons state.
He warmly loved the country and its people more than anyone else and made ceaseless and hard long journey of Songun to defend the socialist country and bring about the prosperous future of the country and the happiness of the people.
The speaker called upon all the party members, service personnel and other people to hold Kim Jong Il in high esteem as the eternal leader of the WPK and the revolution and glorify forever his glorious revolutionary career and undying feats.
Then followed speeches by representatives of the WPK, KPA and youth and students.
Choe Thae Bok, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, made a speech. He renewed his firm pledge to hold in high esteem Kim Jong Il as eternal general secretary of the WPK and surely build a thriving socialist nation in this land upholding the flag of the party of Juche down through generations true to the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un. He also vowed to hasten the work for reunifying the country independently and achieving the final victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche.
Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, and director of the KPA General Political Bureau, in his speech declared that the Korean revolutionary armed forces will hold aloft the red flag of the WPK as the first colors of the KPA and take the lead in faithfully upholding the Songun revolutionary leadership of the supreme commander to fully discharge their mission and role as the army of the leader, army of the party.
Jon Yong Nam, chairman of the C.C., the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, pledged to trust in Kim Jong Un as in Heaven and follow him and successfully carry forward the revolutionary cause of Juche, revolutionary cause of Songun which started on Mt. Paektu.
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