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Commemorating 18th Anniversary of War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea

Profound Tribute to C.P.V. Martyrs

[This article is reprinted from Peking Review, Vol. 11, #44, Nov. 1, 1968, p. 3.]

October 25 marked the 18th anniversary of the day the Chinese People’s Volunteers left China to fight in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea. On that day, workers, poor and lower-middle peasants, Liberation Army men and young Red Guard fighters in northeast China’s largest industrial city Shenyang and in Tantung, the heroic city on the north bank of the Yalu River, went with profound proletarian feelings to the cemeteries of the C.P.V. martyrs. There they paid tribute to the great proletarian internationalist fighters who had heroically laid down their lives in this war.

More than 10,000 revolutionary people in Shenyang held a rally before the Monument to the Martyrs in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea. Amidst the strains of The Internationale, representatives of revolutionary mass organizations of workers, poor and lower-middle peasants and Red Guards laid wreaths in front of the monument.

Speaking at the rally, they pointed out that these revolutionary martyrs who had valiantly given their lives in this great struggle would always live in the hearts of the Chinese people and the revolutionary people of the world. They declared their determination to learn from the revolutionary martyrs’ great spirit of patriotism and internationalism and their revolutionary spirit of struggling to the end against the U.S. imperialist aggressors. They pledged to carry through to the end the great proletarian cultural revolution and the revolutionary struggle against imperialism, revisionism and all reaction.

The more than 200 industrial workers attending the Shenyang conference of Liaoning Province activists in the creative study and application of Mao Tse-tung’s thought and the revolutionary masses from many factories, rural people’s communes and schools also went to the martyrs’ cemetery on October 25. They held memorial meetings and took oaths at the tombs of C.P.V. martyrs Huang Chi-kuang, Yang Ken-szu, Chiu Shao-yun, Sun Chan-yuan and Yang Lien-ti and invited C.P.V. veterans to give reports on the heroism of these martyrs in fighting the U.S. imperialist aggressors. Again and again, the revolutionary people recited Chairman Mao’s quotation: “Thousands upon thousands of martyrs have heroically laid down their lives for the people; let us hold their banner high and march ahead along the path crimson with their blood!”

On the same day, tens of thousands of revolutionary people and P.L.A. commanders and fighters in Tantung gathered in the city’s revolutionary martyrs’ cemetery to pay tribute to the heroes who had fallen in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea.

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