Kim Tong Suk and her family in Sochang-dong, Central District, Pyongyang, are specially related to Hyangsan County. They have no relations in the county, but there is a monument to the love of the great leader who honored the life of her family.
Every year, they visit the monument with reverence. They also visit factories and farms of the county and encourage workers and farmers, singing songs they have prepared.
Kim Tong Suk says:
“My family likes the Song of Comradeship. The song reminds us of our happy days.”
Kim Tong Suk mothered two sons and two daughters. All of her four sons and daughters finished university courses thanks to state benefits and became fine officials.
Her husband was an official of a people´s security institution. According to Kim Tong Suk, she and her husband sang the Song of Comradeship often, when it was written in the early 1980s.
In May Juche 70 or 1981, she had an opportunity to understand the true meaning of the song. When her husband fell ill unexpectedly during his duty, great Kim Jong Il took measures to send him to a hospital in the capital immediately.
Reported that he could not be saved, Kim Jong Il headed for a railway bridge in Hyangsan County in the dead of night, hurrying his way for him. Because of heavy rain all day long, a bridge under the surface of the river could not be used. He crossed the dangerous railway bridge at the head of others, for the beloved deceased, braving rainstorm.
Later Kim Tong Suk and her sons and daughters crossed the bridge, but their legs trembled though it was daytime. She said, she was moved to tears to think that Kim Jong Il had crossed the dangerous bridge for an ordinary official.
Elder daughter Sim Son Hui says:
“That day, crossing the railway bridge together with our mother, we sang the Song of Comradeship to ourselves.
The song reminded us of the warm comradeship of our Kim Jong Il who showed comradely love more precious than any amount of gold and called for going together along the road of revolution to the end, rain or snow.”
Elder son Sim Chol Ho says:
“In April last I saw with great excitement respected Marshal Kim Jong Un having a photograph taken with us deputies to the Supreme People´s Assembly and warmly encouraging them, and thought: The comradeship of our Kim Jong Il is being carried forward generation after generation. I was sure that Marshal Kim Jong Un has largest number of comrades and comrades-in-arms in the world.”
Hyangsan is associated with infinitely sublime comradeship of the great leader. That is why they visit the county whenever they think of fatherly Kim Jong Il.
In June, too, Kim Tong Suk and her family visited the county. It is the desire of all the family members to do their duty to the leader as his juniors and be more loyal to the leadership of respected Marshal Kim Jong Un according to the will of fatherly Kim Jong Il.
The Song of Comradeship sung by the family represents the firm resolve of the Korean people to invariably carry forward the great tradition of Korea with unity of the leader and the people generation after generation.