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DPRK To Commemorate End of Korean War

DPRK state media reported on 23 July (Monday) that it will commemorate the end of the Fatherland Liberation (Korean) War with “grand celebrations” on 27 July (Friday).  It is not clear what events the country will organize to mark the day in 1953 when the armistice, which ended the war’s active hostilities, was signed.  According to KCNA, “the celebrations will be the grand festival of victors to fully demonstrate the indomitable spirit of heroic Korea advancing toward the final victory united close around the great leader and great party, and national dignity over the world once again.”  KCNA also reported that “Kim Jong Un proposed to grandly celebrate the war victory day . . . inviting representative of war veterans across the country to Pyongyang.”  In addition to a national meeting and performances, one aspect of the war commemorations might be a military promotions list to reflect the recent changes in the Korean People’s Army’s high command.

KCNA reports:

Grand celebrations are to be held in Pyongyang, capital of the revolution, amid great expectation and concern of all the service personnel and people to mark the 59th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War this year, the first year of the another century of the Juche era.

The celebrations will be the grand festival of victors to fully demonstrate the indomitable spirit of heroic Korea advancing toward the final victory united close around the great leader and great party, and national dignity over the world once again.

Nearly six decades have passed since the fireworks were displayed in the sky over this land and there have been replacement of generations and change of mountains. However, the undying exploits of President Kim Il Sung in achieving the victory in the war are shining more brightly as the days go by.

Kim Il Sung led the Korean People’s Army, which was only two years old since it was developed into regular armed forces, and the Korean people, who had been members of ruined nation just five years ago, to defeat the brigandish U.S. imperialists, who boasted of being the “strongest” in the world, and their stooges and honorably protected the sovereignty of the country and the nation.

Under the leadership of the party and the leader the army and people of the DPRK performed immortal exploits in the war and achieved great victory, thus becoming the first heroic army and people who defeated the U.S. imperialist aggressors in the world.

Stressing the need for posterity to successfully inherit the exploits and spirit of the elder revolutionaries down through generations, the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un proposed to grandly celebrate the war victory day this significant year and took lovely measures of inviting representatives of war veterans across the country to Pyongyang.

The preparations are being made in full gear to have the celebrations as great auspicious ones.

The celebrations will record a glorious chapter in the history of the country. They will serve as a historical occasion of fully displaying the firm confidence and will of all the service personnel and people to glorify for all ages the exploits in war victory and the exploits of Songun revolution achieved by Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and strikingly demonstrating the might of powerful country of Mt. Paektu under the leadership of Kim Jong Un.

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