Representing the ardent longing of the army and people, the bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were excellently erected on Mansu Hill in the capital city Pyongyang, the Korean Revolution Museum and large sculptural groups on both sides of the bronze statues have been rebuilt on the highest level amid the joy and emotion of celebrating the significant Day of the Sun. Equestrian statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were erected at the Mansudae Art Studio for the first time in Korea and their smiling portraits set up in different parts of the country.
Kim Il Sung Prize Winner and People´s Artist Rim Sung Nam, head of a section of the Mansudae Art Studio, has this to say:
“The ardent longing of our people for President Kim Il Sung becomes stronger day by day. It is said that everything dims in the memory with the lapse of time, but the longing of our people for him does not fade. Hearing the news that the bronze statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and their smiling portraits were to be erected in Pyongyang, the minds of all the army and people across the country raced there. Young people went there after finishing a day´s work, and all people, young and old, men and women, turned out to help the erection of the statues. Some scientists sent new kinds of lawn they have developed. The warm sincerity of the people was great.”
The longing of the Korean people for President Kim Il Sung was more ardent greeting the centenary of his birth. The Korean people deeply understood the immortal exploits of President Kim Il Sung for the country, people, the era and history through diverse political events such as military parade and fireworks evening “Korea of the Sun Will Prosper forever!” in celebration of the centenary birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung. The 14th Kimilsungia Festival was splendidly held in Pyongyang, greeting April holiday, the greatest national holiday. The warm sincerity of the Korean people to hold President Kim Il Sung in high esteem forever was felt at the venue of the festival exhibiting Kimilsungia, the flower of the sun, cultivated by the working people of broad sections and school youth and children with warm reverence. The 28th April Spring Friendship Art Festival more significantly decorated the Day of the Sun, a common holiday of humankind. Famous art organizations, international concours winners and other well-known artistes from scores of countries and overseas Korean artistes praised the immortal exploits of President Kim Il Sung.
The longing for the great father Kim Il Sung was expressed throughout the year in factories, schools and villages ranging from an iron giant in the northern part of the country to the villages along the demarcation line. Completing the 2nd-stage reclamation of the Kwaksan Tideland in less than two years after finishing the Taegyedo tideland reclamation, Labour Hero Choe Yong Dok said:
“It is the land President Kim Il Sung eagerly wanted to see in his lifetime. The resolve to realize his desire became strength and courage, and we have finished the reclamation. Indeed, the ardent longing for him brought a miracle to this land.”
The Korean people are filled with longing for him, recollecting the immortal exploits and efforts of President Kim Il Sung who visited factories, farming and fishing villages rain or shine, showed them warm love and care and built their country into a powerful socialist nation. With boundless longing for him the Korean people visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where he is laid in state and planted precious trees, flower shrubs and evergreen lawn around the palace with sincerity. Like this, the people´s longing for great President Kim Il Sung becomes warmer as the days and years go by.