Tree-planting Day Marked in DPRK
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, March 3 (KCNA) -- Spring tree planting started this significant year.
Meetings of working people of different strata and school youth and children were held in the provinces, cities and counties on March 2, the tree-planting day, to plant trees on an extensive scale and thus cover the whole land with forests and gardens, true to the land upbuilding plan of the Workers' Party of Korea.
Present at the meetings of working people's organizations were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong Sop, Kim Kuk Thae, Kim Jung Rin, Kim Ki Nam, Jong Ha Chol, Choe Yong Rim and Kwak Pom Gi, senior officials of the Party and state, and Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, Jang Il Son, minister of Land and Environment Preservation, Choe Jong Gon, minister of City Management, and officials concerned, working people, and school youth and children.
Reports were made by leading officials of working people's organizations to be followed by speeches at the meetings held at the Arboretum of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Namri Village of the Mangyongdae Farm, the plaza of the Monument to Party Founding and the construction site of the Taean Friendship Glass Factory.
Reporters and speakers said the plan for the building of a new country spread by President Kim Il Sung and the torch of afforestation raised by him when he climbed the Moran Hill, accompanied by leader Kim Jong Il and anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong Suk 59 years ago were a solemn prelude to the building of the present-day country of scenic beauty overgrown with thick forests.
They noted that a great advance has been made in recent years in implementing the Party's policy of covering the whole land with forests and gardens thanks to the noble patriotism and energetic leadership of Kim Jong Il.
They called on all the officials and working people to exert energetic efforts to plant trees of good species in towns and villages and at factories and work sites and register big successes in tree planting this significant year.
At the end of the meetings the participants planted a wide variety of trees with all sincerity.
At the meeting of soldiers of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces held in the arboretum of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace on the same day speakers urged all the officers and men of the People's Army to turn out as one in tree planting, saying it is an honorable task of the People's Army, the main driving force of the revolution and shock force in the building of a great prosperous powerful nation, to take the lead in realizing the far-reaching landing upbuilding plan of the Supreme Commander.
After the meeting, KPA Marshal Ri Ul Sol and Vice Marshals Kim Ik Hyon, Ri Jong San, Ri Ha Il, Pak Ki So and Jon Jae Son and senior officers of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces and servicepersons planted above 3,600 trees of 10 odd species in the arboretum.
Meanwhile, a lot of trees were planted in various areas by units of the KPA three services and military academies of all levels on the tree-planting day.
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