March 23, 2012
The final preparations are falling into place for the relocation of the remains of the country’s first generation of revolutionary leaders to the National Cemetery at Km24 in Vientiane on Saturday.
The move aims to ensure all the remains of the revolutionary leaders are in the same place to make it easier for the younger generations to pay tribute and recall their good deeds.
Officials expect that the cemetery will contribute to educating young people, as well as promote national patriotism and a spirit of love for the new regime to build up collective momentum towards national protection and development.
The move will better facilitate remembrance of the good deeds of the former revolutionary leaders who sacrificed their lives for national liberation and brought independence, freedom and prosperity to the multi-ethnic Lao people.
Construction of the National Cemetery began in 2008 on an area of 52 hectares, and is expected to be complete within this year.
The government has so far spent 150 billion kip to carry out the project, with the aim of sustainably restoring the remains of the revolutionary leaders and soldiers who made great contributions to national liberation.
The cemetery is divided into three levels according to the rank of those interred, Chief of the National Cemetery Lieutenant Colonel Kankeo Bounmixay said.
The first level houses the remains of revolutionary soldiers ranging from basic rank to captain, while the second level houses soldiers ranging from second lieutenant to general. The third level is reserved for Party Central Committee and Party Politburo members.
The relocation of the revolutionary leaders’ remains will start with a merit-making ceremony on Friday at the Kaysone Phomvihane Museum, where the remains will reside overnight.
On Saturday, the remains will be moved to the National Cemetery where a big gathering and ceremony will take place. The event is part of activities to mark the 57th anniversary of the foundation of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.
Historically the Lao people have demonstrated an unwavering spirit of bravery, fighting without surrender on occasions too numerous to list. Laos’ long history has seen the appearance of great heroes who sacrificed their lives in the fight against foreign colonialists.
The first generation of revolutionary leaders was marked by great patriotism and wisdom in formulating strategies and plans.
The leaders not only held revolutionary morals and lived honourable lifestyles, they were also sensitive to changes occurring throughout the country and the world, adjusting their plans of action to ensure that the Lao people could live without oppression.
One of the highlights since the country’s liberation was the introduction of the Party’s renovation policy in 1986, led by the late President Kaysone Phomvihane, since which Laos has developed rapidly.