The newspaper Jiaozuo Evening News from Henan province today has a front page and three-page special section devoted to the Tomb Sweeping Festival that took place during the last three days. The newspaper tells the story of a local Party hero whose life was commemorated on April 4, as well as a group of Korean War veterans that meet every year to honor their fallen comrades.
On April 4, around 30 people of the Cui (崔) clan gathered at the grave of Cui Changyong (崔长永) in Jiaozuo, Henan province, to unveil a memorial to the revolutionary hero. The newspaper tells us that Cui is a famous Party figure in the history of Jiaozuo. He started out working at a local company, and participated in and was a witness of mining strikes and then the liberation of the city by the Communist Party. He passed away in 1982, but the city government in 2012 made the decision to erect a memorial in his honor.
The strike that Cui played a leading role in occurred in 1925 against British overlords in local coal mines. In the mid-1940s Cui played a leading role in Jiaozuo to prepare the city for the Communist take-over, notably assisting with drawing maps of the local area. In the early 1950s Cui made a large donation of his own to assist China’s effort in the Korean War. After many years of Party work, Cui was made director of a power plant. He finally retired in 1965, and died in 1982 at the age of 89.
The newspaper also tells the story of the group of now all 80-plus aged Korean War veterans, all clad in green uniforms, who gathered at a cemetery in Jiaozuo, as they do every year at this time. The 25 veterans lined up and saluted their fallen comrades, and laid flowers on the memorial.