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Mural detail "Cheers of Whole Nation" of Kim Il-Sung's Return | by Ray Cunningham
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Mural detail "Cheers of Whole Nation" of Kim Il-Sung's Return

Mural "Cheers of Whole Nation"

Pyongyang, October 13 (KCNA) -- A stream of people are visiting the Monument to President Kim Il Sung's Handwritings from His Address at a Rally to Welcome Him on His Triumphant Return to the Homeland and the mural "Cheers of Whole Nation" standing in the Arch of Triumph Square in Pyongyang. Through the visit, they recollect the immortal feats performed by the President in the liberation of the country. A lot of working people from all strata, youth and students, and nearly 90,000 foreigners and overseas Koreans have visited the place over the last five years.

The monumental edifices, built in Juche 76 (1987), convey the President's revolutionary history of triumphant return to the homeland and reflect the unanimous desire of the Korean people to add brilliance to his revolutionary exploits down through generations.

Engraved in the monument are some parts from his autography address at a rally held in welcome of his triumphal return home. And the mural "Cheers of Whole Nation" reflects on a high ideological and artistic standard the image of the President waving his hand high on the rostrum as a token of his thanks to the cheering crowds.

The President, who had made a triumphant return home after accomplishing the historic cause of national liberation through the 20-year bloody anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle, had an emotion-charged meeting with people at the rally of Pyongyang citizens held on October 14, 1945.

He delivered the historic speech "Every Effort for the Building of a New, Democratic Korea" at the rally.

In the speech, he called upon those with strength to give strength, those with knowledge to give knowledge and those with money to give money to the nation-building work. His speech served as an important guideline in closely rallying the people, the master of the country and the very one in charge of building a rich and powerful, independent and sovereign country, who had groaned as colonial slaves, and in arousing them to the building of a new Korea.

The mosaic mural reflecting the august image of the President built in the open-air is the first of its kind in Korea.

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Taken on October 9, 2008