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PYONGYANG, December 17. /ITAR-TASS /. Memorial events marking the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il are held in North Korea on Tuesday. In the Sports Palace in Pyongyang was held a solemn meeting attended by government, party and military leaders of the country, headed by the country's leader Kim Jong-un.
Presentations were made by the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (the country’s parliament) Kim Yong Nam and Chief Political Directorate of the Korean People's Army Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae. They noted Kim Jong Il’s, who ruled the country for 17 consecutive years, great merits to the Korean nation in improving people's welfare and strengthening of the national army, which “turned into invincible armed forces”.
Crowds of people gather near the giant statue of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, erected on Mansude hill in Pyongyang’s downtown. Residents of the capital lay flowers to the monument. Pages of local newspapers are entirely devoted to topics of “incomparable patriotism” and “boundless love for people” of Kim Jong Il.
On Tuesday, employees of foreign embassies and international humanitarian organizations working in the DPRK will visit the Kumsusan palace, where the tomb of the former head of state is located. In one of the halls of the mausoleum are exhibited the numerous awards of the late Korean leader, including four Orders of Kim Il Sung, as well as 39 orders and medals of 150 foreign countries. Kim Jong Il is North Korea's four-time hero. In January 2012, he was posthumously awarded the highest military rank in the country, the Generalissimo. In the prize decree, the governing bodies of DPRK stressed that Kim Jong Il took measures “to strengthen the Korean People's Army (KPA) founded by Kim Il Sung, adequately ensured the defense of the socialist countries and made an immortal contribution to the strengthening of global peace and stability”. He also turned the DPRK “in a military power, emerged the winner in the confrontation with US imperialism and thereby demonstrated the immortal service to the country and the revolution”.
Visitors are shown the black Mercedes and a yacht called Chunson (“Loyalty”) of an impressive size, which Kim Jong Il enjoyed during his lifetime. In the palace is also one of the cars of his train. As it appears, there was the working office of Kim Jong Il.
Military engineers conducted a thorough job of improving the interior decoration of the memorial complex called the “Palace of the Sun”, as well as the neighborhood, which turned into open parkland.