Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, October 21st. Title: Listening to the echoes of history. The new Long March—written on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the victory of the Red Army’s Long March
The wind and rain, quenched by blood. The Long March is a great expedition to change the destiny of China. The Long March spirit has become a valuable asset in the spiritual pedigree of the Chinese Communists.
When we stand at the important time point of the century of the founding of the party, and once again open the history textbook of the Long March, we will have a deeper understanding of the historical enlightenment left by that period of the great expedition.
When we stand at the historical intersection of the “two centenary” goals, read the magnificent epic of the Long March once again, and look forward to the bright prospects of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, we will arouse a more powerful force for progress in our hearts, full of confidence. Marching on the Long March in the new era.
In the back mountain of the Red Army Long March Xiangjiang Battle Memorial Garden in Quanzhou, Guangxi, huge boulders of various shapes are scattered, and the remains of martyrs are buried under the stones, which means “one grass, one tree, one loyal soul, one mountain, one stone, one monument” (photographed on February 3) ).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Lu Boan
The Long March, a road of faith-revolutionary ideals are higher than the sky, once the fire of ideals and beliefs is ignited, tremendous spiritual power will be produced
Every step of the Long March is very difficult.
In the encirclement, pursuit and interception of the enemy, the Red Army broke through the bloody way again and again and stood out from the siege. What is it that makes the Red Army move forward and indomitable?
The answer is written on the rolling snow-capped mountains.
When the front guard camp of the Fourth Front of the Red Army walked through the Dangling Snow Mountain, someone saw an arm stretched out in the snow, holding a party card and a silver dollar tightly in his hand. The party card read “Liu Zhihai, a member of the Communist Party of China, February 1933. Join the party”. Before the sacrifice, the Red Army soldier wanted to pay the last party dues.
The answer is written in the endless grass.
Military writer Wang Shuzeng said that he had seen in the archives: Many soldiers were poisoned when they ate grass and did not eat them. So some troops set up a tasting group, and participants have one condition-they must be party members. “I think that when they accidentally eat a plant and fall, they have no regrets, because they have a dream in their hearts, which is supported by faith.”
This is a “half quilt” story sculpture shot at the “half quilt warmth” exhibition hall in Shazhou Yao Village, Rucheng County, Chenzhou City, Hunan Province (photographed on September 17, 2020).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Chen Sihan
The answer is written in the hearts of everyone in this team.
Many Red Army soldiers were illiterate or even nameless at the beginning of the revolution. They did not know exactly what a revolution was, but from the actual actions of saving the world’s poor and the tremendous changes in their own destiny, they gradually understood the communist that they had dedicated themselves to. The great significance of the cause of ism. As a result, they had the courage to change their destiny, the bloody nature of going to death in awe, and the lofty pursuit of faith.
It is faith that allows them to take into account the overall situation, strictly observe discipline, closely unite, become stronger and stronger, leap over all difficulties and dangers, and set out on the road to victory.
This is an oil painting depicting the Red Army flying over the Luding Bridge.Xinhua News Agency
On the morning of April 25, 2021, Comrade Xi Jinping visited the Red Army’s Long March Xiangjiang Battle Memorial Park in Caiwan Town, Quanzhou County, Guilin City. He pointed out: “The revolutionary ideal is higher than the sky. Spiritual power.”
On the Long March in the new era, the light of faith, the fire of faith, and the song of faith of the soldiers of the Red Army will be passed on endlessly.
Because of faith, so loyal.
On the Long March, every step is firmly pointing in the same direction.
This is the Red Army Mountain Martyrs Cemetery in Zunyi (taken on June 19, 2016, UAV photo).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Ou Dongqu
Many years later, Deng Xiaoping’s daughter asked her father: “What did you do during the Long March?” Comrade Xiaoping answered without hesitation: “Follow!”
In the Long March, the Red Army soldiers “followed” with no complaints and regrets, because they had a firm belief: following the Communist Party, you can win the war!
The same desire up and down, perseverance; the flag refers to invincible.
Throughout every battle and every moment of life and death on the Long March, party members and cadres have always taken the lead and charged forward. They stand as flags and inspire officers and soldiers to move forward.
This is the conference room where the Zunyi Conference was held (photographed on July 4, 2019).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Tao Liang
Nie Rongzhen, who served as the political commissar of the Red First Army Corps, once recalled that after each battle, party members often accounted for 25%, or even 50%, of casualties.
Zhu De also recalled that party members and cadres always rush to the forefront every time they fight. Those politically and militarily trustworthy party members and cadres are not only the command center, but also the spiritual support, so that this team always has a strong skeleton.
Successive battles and successful breakthroughs have made the Red Army soldiers more confident in the party and firmer in their belief in victory. They closely followed the steps of the party and kept advancing towards victory.
It was on the Long March that Comrade Mao Zedong’s leadership position in the Red Army and the Party Central Committee was established, and the first generation of the party’s central leadership group with Comrade Mao Zedong at the core began to form. This is the most important thing for our party and the revolutionary cause to turn crisis into peace and keep opening up new situations. Guarantee.
Comrade Deng Xiaoping once said: “Before the Zunyi Conference, our party did not form a mature Party Central Committee. Our party’s leadership group gradually formed from the Zunyi Conference.” He pointed out, “Any collective leadership must have a core. , Leadership without the core is unreliable.”
Looking back on the Long March Road more than 80 years later, we are more deeply aware that the victory of the Long March is the victory of the strong leadership of the party. On the Long March in the new era, we must always follow the party unswervingly, maintain the core unswervingly, and follow in line with it.
The Long March, a road for the people-To take today’s Long March road well, we must put the people in the highest position in our hearts
Every step of the Long March is not alone.
A history of the Long March of the Red Army is a history of deep love between the military and civilians.
In 1927, in Wenjia City, Liuyang City, Hunan Province, the Red Army posted a slogan-“Take local tyrants and divide fields.” Since then, slogans such as “The Communist Party is a party that finds food for the poor” and “The Red Army is the team of workers and peasants” have followed in the footsteps of the Red Army soldiers and appeared in various villages in the mountains.
Tourists visit the Lazikou Battle Monument at the site of the Lazikou Battle (photographed on August 15, 2019).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Luo Xiaoguang
The soldiers painted slogans on the wall, and fulfilled these promises in the most direct and simple way. The Red Sixth Army confiscated the “official salt” in Xinhua, Hunan, and sold it to the local people at a very low price. This will not only allow the people to get salt, but not give the enemy an excuse for revenge against the masses.
A sincere heart for the beginning of the Republic of China, in exchange for the love of the people during the “ten send to the Red Army”——
The muddy shoes on that shoulder can testify. Before the Red Army set off, the crowd picked up cloth shoes and straw sandals to see them off. The soldiers were curious, why are many of their shoes still stained with mud? The soldiers shed tears after learning the reason. Hearing that the Red Army was leaving, the people took off their shoes from their feet and sent them to the troops. “Shoes are too late to make. Take these worn shoes. Marching wars are indispensable.”
The nicks on the bridgeheads of the villages can be testimony. This is the standard line for recruitment of the Red Army: the height of a spear and a bayonet is about 1.5 meters. This ensures that the recruits can at least carry their guns on the battlefield. However, many under-height teenagers put paper on their insoles, tied several layers of grass on the soles, and even went to the bridge at night to secretly change the low marks to meet the military standards.
On the Long March, people from all over the country raised food for the Red Army to replenish its troops. All of this not only contributed to the victory of the Red Army’s Long March, but also laid a solid foundation for the Red Army to rush to the frontline of the War of Resistance for the survival of the nation.
The Long March not only preserved the revolutionary fire, but also carried the responsibility of the nation. Even during the Long March, the Communist Party of China puts the interests of the people and the Chinese nation in the first place. Along the way, the soldiers of the Red Army may not know where their next footing will be, let alone when the strategic shift will end, but they understand in their hearts that the purpose of embarking on the Long March is to establish a regime where the people are the masters and go north to resist Japan to achieve national independence.
Taking the people’s heart as the heart, breathing with the people, sharing fate, and heart-to-heart is the original aspiration of the party and the people’s army.
Fifteen paratroopers jumped from a height of 4999 meters above Maoxian County, Sichuan Province, the earthquake-stricken area, and entered the disaster area where the road was blocked to participate in rescue operations (photographed on May 14, 2008). Issued by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Liu Yinghua)
When the flood struck, the soldiers built unbreakable embankments with their flesh and blood; when the earthquake hit, the soldiers marched into the epicenter in spite of the danger; when the epidemic spread, the people’s military doctors did not hesitate to bid farewell to their families and rushed to the “red District” to fight the disease…
When the Red Army wins the war, the people are the patrons. Comrade Xi Jinping pointed out that to take today’s Long March, we must put the people in the highest position in our hearts, insist on doing everything for the people, relying on the people for everything, and striving for a better life for the people.
A group of military medical personnel supporting Wuhan arrived at Wuhan Tianhe Airport on a domestic Yun-20 transport plane (photographed on February 13, 2020).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Yun
The common people are heaven, and the common people are the earth. In the red bloodline passed on by the Long March, “Serving the People” is like a continuous and turbulent river, flowing through more than 80 years of turbulent years until today, continuing to rush forward on the Long March in the new era.
The Long March is a road to seeking truth-persisting in everything starting from reality is the starting point and end point for us to think about problems, make decisions, and do things.
There are a few steps on the Long March that are the most important.
A closer look at the historical materials of the Long March will reveal that the Red Army held frequent meetings while walking. Zhou Enlai once recalled that when entering the junction of Hunan, Guangxi and Guizhou, the central government held meetings and debates all the way. Starting from the Laoshan boundary, the debate became more intense.
In the memorial hall of the Liping Conference site, a smoky lantern is the “witness” of that thrilling key step.
On December 18, 1934, the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee held a meeting here. Bogu and others still insisted on joining the Red Second and Sixth Army in western Hunan, while Mao Zedong and others advocated marching to the weaker enemy force in northern Guizhou. The meeting was held from day to night, the lanterns went off and on again, Mao Zedong’s correct opinions were finally adopted, and the Red Army avoided the danger of possible destruction.
In the memorial hall of the Zunyi Conference Site, a bronze-colored table is a “witness” of the key step in the turn of events.
From January 15 to 17, 1935, the Politburo of the CPC Central Committee held an enlarged meeting here. Revolutionaries such as Mao Zedong surrounded this table to end the “Left” dogmatism error in the central government and correct the course of the revolution.
From the Long March of the Central Red Army to the meeting of the three main forces, more than 70 important meetings have been held and a series of major strategic decisions have been made. Each meeting not only determined the direction of the Long March and the survival of the Red Army, but also enabled our party to find the correct path of the Chinese revolution and the correct theory to guide this path.
History has proved that the victory of the Long March is a victory of emancipating the mind and seeking truth from facts. The courage to self-revolution is the most distinctive character of our party, and it is also our party’s greatest advantage.
People’s Liberation Army officers and soldiers fought a flood at the dangerous place of the “piping” of the Tuanshan River branch embankment in Jiuheyuan Township, Shishou, Hubei (photographed on August 11, 1998).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Gang
Comrade Xi Jinping pointed out profoundly: Persist in everything starting from reality is the starting point and end of our thinking about problems, making decisions, and doing things.
Everything starts from reality! Over 80 years of time, the ideological line of seeking truth from facts continues to grow. This is not only the “code” for the Red Army to move from victory to victory, it will also push our cause forward on the Long March in the new era.
The ideological line leads the great journey, and the great journey requires a great struggle.
Every step of the Long March is thrilling.
On the way, the Red Army climbed more than 40 high mountains and dangerous peaks, of which more than 20 snow-capped mountains above 4000 meters above sea level, crossed nearly a hundred rivers, passed through 14 provinces, captured 62 cities, and fought more than 600 important battles. There is an encounter every day, and more than one hundred thousand Red Army soldiers died or were separated in the long march.
On the Long March, facing the disparity between the strength of the enemy and ourselves, the significant gap in weapons and equipment, the harsh natural environmental conditions, and the difficulty of relying on mobile operations in the rear, the soldiers of the Red Army are not afraid of sacrifices and fight bravely. The road to victory was opened.
At the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China, Comrade Xi Jinping pointed out: “Dare to fight and dare to win is the invincible and powerful spiritual force of the Communist Party of China.”
On the Long March in the new era, there will inevitably be “climbing snow mountains” and “crossing the grassland”, and there will inevitably be “Loushan Pass” and “Lazikou”. Our party has relied on struggle to reach the present day, and it will inevitably rely on struggle to win the future.
85 years have passed, and the details of the Long March have not faded and become more vivid in the long river of history. Those vivid faces with vigor and determination, those pages of magnificent epic poems, those brilliant achievements that shine through the sun and the moon, and those songs and songs of heroic hymns, which will always be praised. People remember that it has condensed into the great Long March spirit, which inspires the whole party, the whole army and the people of all ethnic groups on the Long March road in the new era to march forward courageously towards the greatness of the Chinese nation!Return to Sohu to see more