Military Parade, Public Procession Mark
105th Birth Anniversary of Kim Il Sung
A military parade and a public procession of Pyongyang citizens celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung took place with splendor at Kim Il Sung Square on April 15.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, appeared in the tribune of honor of the square.
Reviewing stands of the square were occupied by delegates to the celebrations of the 105th birth anniversary of the President, officials of party, armed forces and power organs, working people's organizations, ministries and national institutions, service personnel and merited people, congratulatory groups and delegations of overseas Koreans and other overseas compatriots, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front, foreign diplomatic envoys and representatives of international organizations and their wives, members of the military attaches corps here and their wives, staff members of foreign embassies here, and foreign guests.
The guard of honor and military band of the KPA conducted a starting ceremony.
The flags of the DPRK and the WPK were hoisted amid the playing of the National Anthem and the song "Fly High, Our Party Flag".
The DPRK minister of the People's Armed Forces informed the respected Supreme Leader of the start of the military parade celebrating the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung.
A 21-gun salute boomed amid the playing of "Song of General Kim Il Sung" and "Song of General Kim Jong Il."
Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK, made a congratulatory speech.
The speaker upon authorization of Kim Jong Un extended thanks to all the party members, service personnel and civilians who have successfully carried into practice the pledges they made before the great leaders without an inch of deflection and concession and with the firm conviction in the victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche.
He called upon all the party members, service personnel, youths and working people to further accelerate a drive for creating the Mallima speed and thus build the best country of the people, fully developed socialist power.
The U.S. is creating the phase of a war while resorting to frantic nuclear war provocation moves against the DPRK, the speaker said, stressing that if it makes reckless provocation, the Korean revolutionary armed forces will immediately mount an annihilating blow and answer an all-out war in kind and a nuclear war with Korean-style nuclear strike.
Cars carrying the flags bearing images of smiling President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il entered the square, escorted by general and other officers of the KPA.
The guards of honor of the KPA Ground, Naval, Air and Anti-Air Forces and the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and all the participants in the military parade paid deep respects to the flags.
As the military parade began, the columns of marchers representing the periods of the anti-Japanese armed struggle, the building of regular armed forces and the Fatherland Liberation War passed the square.
Then, led by a column of Seoul Guards 3rd Infantry Division, the columns of Seoul Kim Chaek Guards 4th Infantry Division, Kang Gon Guards 2nd Infantry Division, Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Tank Division, Guards 2nd Surface Ship Flotilla, Guards 56th Kim Ji Sang Heroic Pursuit Plane Regiment and other guards units entered the square.
Marching past the square following them were columns of the navy, air force and anti-air force, strategic force, special operation force, the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th corps and other combined units and columns of infantry divisions of the first echelons of frontline corps including the 46th Infantry Division of the KPA.
They were followed by the columns of Kim Il Sung Military University, Kim Il Sung University of Politics, Kim Jong Il Military Postgraduate Institute, Kim Jong Suk Naval University and those of military academies at all levels such as Kim Chaek University of Air Force, Kang Kon Military Academy and O Jin U Artillery Academy.
Columns of Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, Kang Pan Sok Revolutionary School and Nampho Revolutionary School passed through the square.
Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged the columns marching past shouting cheers of "hurrah!"
The columns of Worker-Peasant Red Guards and columns of the Young Red Guards in Pyongyang and all provinces, and universities such as Kim Il Sung University and Kim Chaek University of Technology followed.
Fighter formation flew the sky above the square, making letters reading "105" and setting off fireworks.
Columns of tanks, armored vehicles, artillery pieces, rockets of services and strategic force rolled past the square.
As the military band proceeded, fighter formation left the five-color trail of a fan shape, decorating the closing of the parade.
Then followed a public procession of Pyongyang citizens.
After the mass demonstration, Kim Jong Un walked to the balcony of the tribune of honor to wave to the enthusiastically cheering crowds.