Kept deep in the hearts of the Korean people are the precious lives of the heroes who devoted themselves to the sacred war for defending the freedom and independence of the country and the happiness of the people.
Lecturer Kim Phyong Hui at the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery says:
“The victory of the Korean people in the great Fatherland Liberation War is unthinkable apart from the heroic feats performed by the martyrs of the People’s Army who turned out to defend the country in response to the order of the great leader Kim Il Sung. Now, a total of 587 martyrs of the People’s Army lie in state in our cemetery. There are so many Heroes of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea including Double Heroes Ri Myong Sok and Paek Sa Sun. Laid here are Jang Thae Hwa and 21 heroes who blocked the enemy muzzle with their chest, hero pilots including Han Kye Man and Kim Jong Hul who dove into the enemy warship aboard their planes on fire and Ri Wan Gun who performed heroic feats in the naval engagement off Jumunjin. Today, many youth and students and working people continue to visit the cemetery in order to learn after their spirit of national defence.”
The feats of the martyrs who devoted all their youth and lives to the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War are touching the heartstrings of all people.
The martyrs had kept deep in their hearts the love for their native villages and parents, wives and children.
In the past, they shed bitter tears in the sorrow of colonial slaves of the ruined nation. But after Korea was liberated, they became the genuine masters of the land and factories, learned the true human life and happiness and keenly felt how precious their motherland was.
Therefore, they could perform the heroic feats in the fight against the aggressors.
Recalling the brilliant feats of the heroic soldiers with deep emotion, the Korean people pay highest respects to them.
Kim Hyon Hui says:
“Looking round the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery, I came to know well what our youngsters of the new generation should devote to our precious motherland defended by the former generations at the cost of their blood and how we should live and work.”
Ri Kum Song says:
“Keeping deeper in my heart the spirit of national defence created during the war, I will devote myself to more firmly defending and exalting our country safeguarded by the former generation.”