Chairman Kim Jong Il was a peerless patriot who not only firmly defended the independence of the country, the national dignity and the socialist system of Korean style but also provided priceless material assets for the building of a powerful socialist country under the banner of Songun.

Chairman Kim Jong Il sees vinalon cotton in February 2010.

It is the fifth anniversary of the Chairman’s demise, and the Korean people are recollecting his Songun exploits with deep emotion.

While providing the Songunbased revolutionary leadership, the leader gave lots of significant names. In compliance with the unanimous desire of the Korean people and the aspiration of the times, he made sure that the revolutionary history of President Kim Il Sung continued in the country without interruption. On his initiative the Juche era was established with 1912 when the President was born as the first year and the Day of the Sun was instituted. He also ensured the Kim Il Sung Constitution was adopted which stipulates Kim Il Sung as the eternal President of the DPRK and justifies his idea of nation-building and his exploits.

Kim Jong Il saw to it that the youth league was renamed after President Kim Il Sung in order to develop it into an eternal youth organization of the President.

While opening up the heyday of defence buildup under the banner of Songun, he gave significant names to honour the heroic exploits and noble spirit of the service personnel and other people for ever with the passage of time and the development of the revolution.

He named the ideological mentality and fighting spirit the soldiers displayed at the Anbyon Youth Power Station project as the “revolutionary soldier spirit” and encouraged the whole nation to emulate the spirit regarding it as the spirit symbolizing and representing the Songun era.

The construction of the Anbyon Youth Power Station was so difficult and enormous a project that it failed to be completed despite several years’ efforts. At that time Kim Jong Il gave the People’s Army the task to carry out the project forcefully. The soldiers finished the first-stage construction in a short period of one year by working in the spirit of defending the leader with their life, carrying out his order resolutely and sacrificing themselves heroically. The Chairman named their lofty fighting spirit “revolutionary soldier spirit.” It is now the symbol of the Songun era which paved a broad avenue for the building of a socialist power.

That’s not all. The leader mapped out a plan to build the Huichon Power Station by 2012, the year that marked the centenary of the birth of President Kim Il Sung, and took revolutionary measures to push ahead with the construction by mobilizing the whole Party, the entire army and all the people. The builders opened up a broad vista to finish such a gigantic project in a few years, which would otherwise take more than ten years. He himself inspected the construction site several times crossing high and rugged mountains, and gave rise to the Huichon Speed, a new Chollima Speed.

Whenever he gave on-the-spot guidance to People’s Army units, he noted that patriotism means to love even a grass or a tree in the country, and gave units such endearing names as “Dwarf Pine Company” or “Persimmon Tree Company.” He also put forward a People’s Army officer’s family— whose members were all in the army—as revolutionary family of soldiers. And he highly commended women soldiers and officers’ wives calling them the women revolutionaries and the second bugler of the Songun revolution or cook of the supreme headquarters respectively.

On the road of his Songun leadership, lots of historic terms and names appeared. Covering over 2 400 km on his way of inspection of the northern area through the heavy snowfall in January 1998, Kim Jong Il named the spirit of the times created by the people in Jagang Province as “Kanggye Spirit.” On his way of field guidance he also saw to it that the Torch of Songgang and the Torch of Ranam and the Spirit of Thaechon were created, and kindled the Torch of Kangson for a new great upsurge in the revolution.

Thanks to his care, the monumental edifices which were associated with the people’s sincere efforts were named Youth Hero Road, Hungju Youth Power Station, Wonsan Army-People Power Station, Wonsan Salt Works, etc. He also named a mine as the Taehung Youth Hero Mine in appreciation of its contribution to the home production of the fireproof materials, and a stockbreeding area built for the good tomorrow as Raeilgu.

Wherever he went for on-thespot guidance on the peoplebound train, socialist fairylands appeared, like the night as bright as day on the Jangja River, the resounding Ullim Falls, the boundless Handure Plain, the sea of potato flowers at Taehongdan, the amazing soybean harvest, the autumnal scene of the Migok Cooperative Farm and the expansive fish ponds in Ryongjong. Accepting the people’s humble request with paternal affection, he named their children Tae Hong, Hong Dan, Chuk Bok, and so on.

Now the living standards of the Korean people are improving day by day, as is symbolized by the structures and goods named after his love for the people— Changgwang Street, Changgwang Health Complex, Pyongyang Underground Shop, Hamhung Grand Theatre, Amnok Restaurant, meat-garnished noodles in a flat vessel, Ryanggangdo cottonpadded boots, Cosmos hairpin, Pyongyang Wine, etc.

An Song Duk