Friday, June 09, 2017

Masters of Prosperous and Powerful Korea
The 71st anniversary of the Korean Children’s Union (KCU) falls on June 6 this year.

Greeting this significant holiday, the Korean people look back with deep emotion upon the proud history of the KCU recorded on the road of victory and glory for scores of years.

The KCU is the rank of its members who have grown up enjoying happiness under the special concern of the country and the people.

President Kim Il Sung, who embarked on the road of the revolution in his early years, regarded the work of bringing up the rising generations as the fundamental issue decisive of the destinies of the country and the nation. He formed the Saenal Children’s Union, the Children’s Corps and other organizations, and founded the Korean Children’s Union on June 6, Juche 35 (1946) after Korea’s liberation. Later, he sent congratulatory messages to KCU members on its founding anniversaries and put forward the slogan “Always be ready to be reserves of communist builders!” In the last period of his revolutionary life he attended the 5th Conference of the KCU and had a photo session with its participants. Saying that they represent the future and hope of the country and that nothing should be spared for them, he made sure that schoolchildren’s palaces, halls and camps were built in picturesque places of the country.

Chairman Kim Jong Il took warm care of the living of the KCU members, regarding the KCU work as a weighty issue for cultivating the future of the revolution.

Whenever he was informed of laudable deeds performed by KCU members during his field guidance trips, he highly appreciated them and held them in public esteem. On a New Year’s Day when he visited Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, he held its students in his embrace and bestowed parental affection on them.

He invited the KCU congratulatory group to several national conferences and reviewed the script of congratulation and gave detailed instructions concerning its recitation and depiction. He ensured that Kim Il Sung Children Honour Prize, the highest honour for Korean children, was conferred on KCU members who have set typical examples in their study and organizational life. When the country was experiencing economic difficulties during the period of the Arduous March, he took measures to provide only happiness and joy for children, with the result that merry laughter of schoolchildren resounded in the children’s camps built in different parts of the country.

Today the warm love of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il for the rising generations and the future is being carried forward by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

He made it a tradition to splendidly celebrate the founding anniversary of the KCU on a nationwide scale every year and personally attended the joint national meeting of the KCU organizations and other meetings, delivering a congratulatory speech. He read one letter after another from schoolchildren and wrote back to them with his autographs. When some northern parts in North Hamgyong Province of the country were devastated by a sudden natural calamity, he made sure that the schoolchildren in the flood-stricken areas enjoyed camping life at the Songdowon International Children’s Camp with nothing to envy in the world lest they should feel an iota of gloom.

Thanks to the benevolent affection of the peerlessly great persons, the KCU members are learning to their heart’s content under the free education system, fully cultivating their dreams and ideals to become young scientists and inventors.

Under the slogan “Let us learn for Korea!”, they are studying hard and exalting the honour of the country by giving full play to their outstanding talents and abilities in the international arena. Their high-spirited and dignified appearances represent the vibrant vigour and vitality of the country.

The Korean revolution in its annals has witnessed the footprints of the KCU members who supported their socialist country.

After national liberation, the KCU members, by carrying forward the proud spirit of the members of the Children’s Corps, rendered active assistance to their parents in the struggle to lay foundations for building a new, democratic Korea. During the hard-fought Fatherland Liberation War they formed children’s vanguard and child guerrillas and fought bravely for their motherland against the US imperialist aggressors.

Not only in the periods of postwar rehabilitation and socialist construction but in the days when the country was undergoing difficulties, they briskly conducted various socio-political activities and do-good-thing movements and thus contributed to the development of their country’s economy, donating Sonyon (children’s) tanks, aircraft and ships to the Korean People’s Army and creating the Children’s Union Forests.

Pupils with high ideological and spiritual traits, ennobling moral qualities and rich cultural attainments are found in all parts of the country.

A large number of KCU members are devoting their sincerity to the work of laying out the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in an excellent way as befits the supreme sanctuary of the Sun and keeping the statues of the great leaders in a more solemn way. They are giving full play to the beautiful traits of respecting and helping war veterans. Among them are a girl pupil who defended the portraits of their leaders in an unexpected dangerous situation and boy pupils who saved their village forests from fire at the sacrifice of their lives.

Such former KCU members have now become heroes, officials, labour innovators, celebrated scientists, artists and athletes.

Today three million KCU members are growing up into the masters of the future under the slogan “Always be ready for the socialist country!”

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