Kim Jong Un also paid his respects before the Patriotic Martyrs’ Cemetery’s memorial monument, where he “paid high tribute to the martyrs, praying that their valuable life recorded in the history of the country would be immortal on the eminence of respect and honor, generation after generation.”
A memorial service commemorating Hyon’s death anniversary was held at 25 April House of Culture. The event was “filled with solemn memory and sorrow of the late Marshal of the Korean People’s Army.” Hyon was a “most faithful man who followed and supported the leaders with faith, obligation and conscience with the transparent revolutionary outlook on the leader and glorified the most valuable life in the sacred history of the leaders, and the general adviser of the Ministry of National Defense of the DPRK who performed immortal exploits for the building of a powerful army of Chuch’e type, prosperity of the country and succession and development of the revolutionary cause.”
Among those coming out to the platform for the memorial service were Korean People’s Army [KPA] Vice Supreme Commander and elder military elite Vice Marshal Ri Myong Su (Ri Myo’ng-su), former KPA General Political Bureau Director and retired party elite Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So (Hwang Pyo’ng-so’), DPRK Premier Kim Tok Hun (Kim Tok-hun), Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Secretary for Organizational Affairs and Director of the WPK Organization Guidance [organizatoin leadership] Department [OGD] Jo Yong Won (Cho Yo’ng-wo’n), Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Standing Committee President Choe Ryong Hae (Ch’oe Ryong-hae), WPK Secretary for Defense Industry and WPK Central Military Commission [CMC] Vice Chairman Ri Pyong Chol (Ri Pyo’ng-ch’o’l), Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui (Ch’oe So’n-hu’i), Minister of National Defense Gen. Kang Sun Nam (Kang Sun-nam), Pyongyang WPK Committee Chief Secretary Kim Su Gil (Kim Su-kil), WPK Secretary for Propaganda and Agitaton [information and publicity] Ri Il Hwan (Ri Il-hwan), WPK Secretary for Military Affairs and CMC Vice Chairman Ri Yong Gil (Ri Yo’ng-kil), WPK Central Auditing Commission Chairman Kim Jae Ryong (Kim Ch’ae-ryong), WPK Secretary for Economic Affairs and Director of the WPK Economic Affairs Department Jon Hyon Chol (Chon Hyo’n-ch’o’l), KPA General Political Bureau Director Jong Kyong Thaek (Cho’ng Kyo’ng-t’aek), WPK Secretary for Science and Education Pak Thae Song (Pak T’ae-so’ng), Chief of the KPA General Staff Pak Su Il (Pak Su-il), DPRK Vice Premier and State Planning Commission Pak Jong Gun (Pak Cho’ng-kun), Minister of State Security (State Security Department Director) Ri Chang Dae (Ri Chang-tae), WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department [PAD] Director Ju Chang Il (Chu Chang-il), WPK United Front Department Director Ri Son Gwon (Ri So’n-kwon), WPK Munitions Industry Department Director Jo Chun Ryong (Cho Chun-ryong), Minister of Public Security Ri Thae Sop (Ri T’ae-sop), WPK International Affairs Department Director Kim Song Nam (Kim So’ng-nam), WPK Agriculture Department Director Ri Chol Man (Ri Ch’o’l-man), and WPK Light Industry Department) Han Kwang Sang (Han Kwang-sang). Also in attendance were other senior cadres of the party, government and military, faculty and cadets of the three revolutionary schools and members of Hyon’s family.
Service participants held a moment of silence for Hyon Chol Hae. Ri Il Hwan delivered a memorial speech.
Ri said that the “sorrow of bidding farewell to Hyon Chol Hae, which left an indelible loss in the history of the Korean revolution, still lingers in the hearts of all the people and service personnel of the Korean People’s Army” and he “referred to the brilliant life of the martyr who led and encouraged the Korean people as a model of loyalist, steadfast revolutionary and genuine human in the forefront of the revolution advancing toward a new victory, always being together with the Korean people in their struggle and life for the past one year.”
Ri remarked that KJU “valuing most the genuine revolutionary traits and humanity of Hyon Chol Hae who was remained true to the leaders, the revolution and duty all his life, showed the noble example of the harmonious whole of the leader and soldier with the boundless love and obligation.” Ri said that Hyon was a “loyal elder who enjoyed the highest honor and happiness as a soldier and Korean revolutionary under the warm care of Kim Jong Un” and emphasized “that the noble life and distinguished feats of Hyon Chol Hae will be immortal as they are filled with legendary stories about love, trust, loyalty and repayment between the leader and soldiers.” Ri noted that “our cause inheriting the victorious course under the leadership of the great WPK requires younger generations to succeed the soul and spirit of the loyalists of the preceding generations and that all the people and service personnel of the KPA should leave the trace of a worthwhile life in the struggle for accomplishing the revolutionary cause of Chuch’e.”
Ri Il Hwan “paid high tribute to the noble life of Hyon Chol Hae” and called “for waging a dynamic struggle for the accomplishment of the cause of building the Korean-style socialist power led by Kim Jong Un and for the rosy future of our powerful country by carrying forward the batons of idea, faith, loyalty and patriotism of the revolutionary martyrs.” According to DPRK state media, the memorial service participants “renewed their firm will to make strenuous effort for the cause of the WPK and steady development of the state and the armed forces of the DPRK by regarding the life of the veteran revolutionary faithful to the cause of the leaders as an example and faithfully upholding the idea and leadership of Kim Jong Un, who is our destiny and future.”