March 26, 2012
Party Secretary General and Lao President Mr Choummaly Sayasone has called on the youth of today to learn and practice the fine ideals of the country’s first generation of revolutionary leaders.
The president made the statement at a ceremony on Saturday to mark the relocation of the remains of six members of the Party’s first Politburo, and a group of revolutionary leaders from a later generation, from various resting places to the National Cemetery.
The six deceased leaders were the late President Kaysone Phomvihane, President Souphanouvong, former President Nouhak Phoumsavanh, former Acting President Phoumy Vongvichit, Mr Phoun Sipaseuth and Mr Sisomphone Lorvanxay, with former President Khamtay Siphandone, who is still living, bringing the number of the first generation of revolutionary leaders to seven.
“We are extremely proud to have had these seven leaders as the Party’s wise leadership core for the fighting efforts of our people over many decades,” the President told the crowd of thousands who had gathered for the occasion.
The above-mentioned leaders led Party members, cadres, revolutionary fighters and the country’s multiethnic people along the dangerous road to national independence and liberation, many of whom sacrificed themselves to eventually gain victory, President Choummaly said.
President Choummaly called it ‘a miracle’ that a small country like Laos could defeat foreign invaders with far more resources and better-equipped weaponry.
The victory and collapse of the rule of foreign colonialism eventually saw the proclamation of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR ) on December 2, 1975.
President Choummaly spoke of the pride of Lao people concerning the struggle for independence and liberation.
“Over Laos’ thousands of years of history, there is no other period that has solidified the country’s reputation throughout the world as the long and tough fight for national independence and liberation of our people under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and Lao Front for National Construction against the foreign colonialists and their henchmen,” he said.
“We are extremely proud of that achievement.”
After proclaiming the new regime, the country’s leaders, headed by the late President Kaysone, devoted themselves to the protection of the revolutionary achievements. They also laid the foundations for socio-economic and cultural growth as well as the political system of the people’s democratic regime.
The leaders also laid out guidelines for each period and achieved their primary task of protecting and constructing the new regime.
President Choummaly pointed out that the leaders left behind lessons and clear models for the Party to carry out and further enrich, as follows.
Firstly, the leaders are good role models for their ardent patriotism, lofty revolutionary spirit, valiant heroism and confidence in the power of solidarity.
Secondly, the leaders were active in creating, improving and reforming the Party’s guidance to suit the country’s internal and external circumstances and meet people’s needs, while exerting utmost efforts for the benefit of the people.
Thirdly, the leaders set good examples of the importance of unity and amity.
Lastly, they set good models for their adherence to revolutionary conduct and clean lifestyle.
On the same occasion, the remains of a later generation of leaders, including Mr Saly Vongkhamxao, Mr Maychantan Sengmany, Mr Oudom Khatthiya, Mr Somlath Chanthamath, Mr Osakan Thammatheva, Mr Khambou Sounixay, Mr Sompheth Thipmala, and Mr Vaenthong Luangvilay, were also relocated to the National Cemetery.