calendar>>February 11. 2014 Juche 103
DPRK People Filled with Ardent Yearning for Kim Jong Il
Pyongyang, February 11 (KCNA) -- The Korean people's yearning for leader Kim Jong Il is getting stronger with the approach of his birthday (Feb. 16), the Day of the Shining Star.

Songs representing their gratitude to him are very popular, reminding the people of his devoted efforts and undying feats for their happiness.

Among those songs is "Thanks to the Fatherly General" created in Juche 95 (2006). It vividly reflects the people's heartfelt gratitude to the leader, who devoted his whole life to their wellbeing, braving manifold hardships.

Kim Jong Il spared nothing for the people's happiness in his lifetime, carrying forward President Kim Il Sung's idea of believing in the people as in Heaven. Therefore, all the servicepersons and people of the DPRK have respected him as their father and mental mainstay.

He made a long journey of military inspection and field guidance to defend the country's security and provide the people with better living conditions. Such journey continued regardless of weather conditions and holidays. In his lifetime, he visited more than 14 290 units, covering over 669 800 km.

Deeply moved by his self-sacrificing devotion, all the people of the country are very grateful to him with deep reverence.

The song "Thanks to the Fatherly General" shows their strong will to hold him in high esteem forever.

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