President Kim Il Sung will always live in the minds of the people

July 10, 2023

July 8 this year was the 29th anniversary of the demise of President Kim Il Sung, the father of the Korean nation.

That day every year witnesses an endless stream of people visiting Pyongyang’s Mansu Hill where there stand the statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il.

Looking up at the benevolent image of Kim Il Sung who took loving care of all the people of the country, the visitors lay flower baskets, bouquets and flowers before his statue with deep yearning for him. Their faces are expressive of their earnest reverence for him.

The great leader is the saviour of the destiny of the country and nation and the founding father of socialist Korea.

In his teens he embarked on the road of revolution, created the immortal Juche idea and won back Korea occupied by the Japanese imperialists by waging long bloody battles against the aggressors while braving through raging blizzards. After national liberation, he founded a new Korea by traversing an untrodden path and during the fierce three-year Fatherland Liberation War, he brought about the beginning of decline for the US imperialist aggressors for the first time in history. On the debris of the war, he led the postwar rehabilitation and socialist construction to victory, thus building an invincible socialist power independent in politics, self-supporting in the economy and self-reliant in defence to demonstrate the dignity of the country to the whole world.

Kim Il Sung is the benevolent father of the people.

Born in a straw-thatched house at Mangyongdae as the son of the people, he regarded the people as his God and dedicated his all to them all his life. 

The fatherly leader continued to visit many farms and factories rain or snow. 

He was always among the people to acquaint himself with the details of their living conditions. At a school he was so satisfied to see children in new school uniform that he spent a long time taking a photo of each of them.

Indeed, he toiled and moiled with pleasure for the joy and happiness of the people. This is why the people do not forget him, holding him in high esteem as their father and the Sun for their life. 

The great leader’s history still continues steadily on this land as the cause of immortalizing the leader was accomplished as the people desired earnestly.

The Korean people are struggling to build a powerful socialist country on this land as intended by the great leader under the guidance of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un.

Ri Ho Il, department director of the Korean Revolution Museum

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