Military Parade Highlights Founding Anniversary of the WPK

A military parade began at Kim Il Sung Square at 00:00 on October 10 to celebrate the 75th founding anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The band of the State Affairs Commission and the military band of the Korean People’s Army entered the square and took the bandstand to play parade music.

Parade columns proudly entered the square under spotlights, demonstrating the might of the DPRK and the regularized appearance of its armed forces.

Columns of invincible mechanized units were on standby on the avenues to the square.

Air squadrons for the parade were also waiting for their sorties.

A combined military band entered the square and began playing military music in ever-changing formation to depict the numbers and letters “10.10.”, “1945”, “2020” and “Paeksung” which means invincibility in Korean.

After receiving a salute from the chief of the honour guard, Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of the Party, State and armed forces of the DPRK, reviewed the honour guard.

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the DPRK, an ever-victorious iron-willed commander, was greeted by generals of the three services of the KPA.

Amid the playing of the welcome music, the Supreme Leader took the tribune of the square.

He waved back to the enthusiastically cheering paraders and masses.

Members of the Korean Children’s Union presented flowers to him and senior Party, government and military officials.

The tribune was taken by Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, first vice-chairman of the DPRK SAC and president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, Ri Pyong Chol, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee, Kim Tok Hun, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and premier of the DPRK Cabinet, and Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, vice-chairman of the DPRK SAC and vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee.

Also present at the tribune were Kim Jae Ryong, Ri Il Hwan, Choe Hwi, Pak Thae Dok, Kim Yong Chol, Choe Pu Il, Thae Hyong Chol, O Su Yong, Kim Hyong Jun, Ho Chol Man, Jo Yong Won, Kim Yo Jong, Pak Myong Sun, Jong Kyong Thaek, Kim Il Chol, Im Chol Ung, Ri Ryong Nam, Kim Yong Hwan, Pak Jong Nam and other members of the leadership body of the Party Central Committee, Pak Jong Chon, Kim Su Gil, Kim Jong Gwan and other commanding military officers.

Present at the special seats on invitation were Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, Yang Hyong Sop, Kim Ki Nam, Choe Thae Bok and other veteran officials who had worked for a long time in the Party, the government and the military.

Present at the reserved seats were delegates to the celebrations for the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK.

Amid the playing of the song “The Glorious Country”, a 21-gun salute was fired to mark the founding anniversary of the WPK.

The Supreme Leader delivered an address.

In his address, he extended heartfelt thanks and warm congratulations to all the people in the country and the KPA service personnel who glorified the great October holiday with valuable successes and victories they achieved with all their effort by breaking through unprecedentedly harsh trials.

Expressing his will to safeguard the eternal safety and future of the great State and people with powerful military strength and start the advance towards new development and prosperity with greater courage and confidence, unusual passion and preparedness, he ardently called for dynamically advancing toward a bright future of socialism and a new victory.

All the participants, who heard his speech full of ardent love for the people and sincere trust in them, broke into thunderous cheers, looking up to the great leader with tears in their eyes.

Then, there was a ceremony of hoisting the national flag.

KPA Marshal Pak Jong Chon, chief of the KPA General Staff, made a report to KPA Marshal Ri Pyong Chol, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission, that the units participating in the parade were ready to be reviewed for the parade to mark the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK.

Ri Pyong Chol reviewed the units.

He reported to the Chairman of the WPK that the military parade for marking the 75th founding anniversary of the WPK was ready to start.

The columns of the armed forces of the DPRK began marching at the orders of Marshal Pak Jong Chon, chief of the KPA General Staff.

Then the column of the honoured cavalrymen ran past the square led by Major General Kwak Jae Yong, showing that the revolutionary armed forces have carried forward the proud traditions of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army which would sweep across the vast area of Mt Paektu horseback during the anti-Japanese war.

The fine arrays of columns of marchers led by Colonel General Han Sun Chol, Colonel General Kim Chol Gyu, Lieutenant General Kim Yong Ho and Colonel General Kwak Chang Sik entered the square with pride and honour of being the bodyguards and the first death-defying corps in devotedly safeguarding the Party Central Committee.

The columns of the first and the second corps marched past with dignity, led by Colonel General Pak Su Il and Colonel General Choe Tu Yong.

They were followed by the columns of the fourth and the fifth corps led by Colonel General Pak Kwang Ju and Colonel General Ri Thae Sop.

Resounding far and wide across the square were the footsteps of columns of the snipers and light infantrymen that have grown to be special operation forces capable of successfully carrying out combat tasks in any operational spaces in the land and sea and air, and of the military corps standing guard over the frontline posts for defending the country and the revolution.

The Supreme Leader acknowledged the marchers.

The column of tanks and armoured vehicles division that has grown to be matchless combat ranks including the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Tank Division and the columns of mechanized infantry division, men with special duties and armed mobile units for public security marched past in fine array to the tune of a revolutionary army song.

Following them to pass the square full of the spirit of the revolutionary army were the columns of Kim Jong Il University of Military and Politics, Kim Il Sung Military University, Kim Il Sung University of Politics and Kim Jong Un University of National Defence and columns of military schools at all levels of the Korean People’s Army and the Public Security Forces.

The column of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and that of the Young Red Guards which have grown to be invincible militant ranks to hold their shares of the revolutionary armed forces marched past the square full of immense pride and enthusiasm.

The Supreme Leader warmly acknowledged the marchers demonstrating the heroic stamina of victory.

Then there was flight in the sky above the square, displaying the invincible might of the Juche-based air force.

Following the formation of guard planes, aircraft flew past the sky above the square with the patterns of the Party emblem and the number reading “75”, letting off the fireworks to brighten the sky.

Amid the playing of solemn music by the combined band, the columns of mechanized units began their procession led by the column of armoured vehicles, demonstrating the great might of the elite revolutionary army.

The column of prototype tanks, the symbol of the militant power of the People’s Army and the iron fist, roared past the square led by Lieutenant General Kim Ju Sam.

This was followed by the procession of the reliable artillery pieces, the most powerful armed force, adding confidence to the spectators.

Advanced weapons that were created thanks to the noble loyalty and heroic struggle of the scientists and technicians in the field of national defence and the working people in munitions industry were driven past the square, showing off the military potentials of the country.

Driven past the square were the columns of rockets, symbolic of the self-defensive nuclear deterrent of the WPK, which provide a guarantee for the eternal future of the country and the nation.

They were followed by the column of the Red Flag First Company of the Intercontinental Ballistic Rocket led by Colonel General Jang Chang Ha, with the pride of having raised the dignity and might of the DPRK to the highest level on the historic day of November 29, 2017, striking terror and horror into the enemies.

The huge nuclear strategic forces on which hinge the authority and security of the great State and people entered the square led by Colonel General Kim Jong Sik, filling the square with excitement and enthusiasm.

After the military parade, fireworks were set off.

The Supreme Leader warmly waved back to the enthusiastically cheering crowds.