7 handfuls of soil, follow your relatives back to your hometown

By :Hunan Daily reporter Xu Yaping


Traveling through mountains and rivers, covered with stars and moon. At about 11 o’clock on August 13, local time, a delegation of martyrs from China’s aid to Pakistan visited Pakistan. Came to the Chinese Martyrs Cemetery in Gilgit, Pakistan, to pay homage to the 88 martyrs who were buried here.


The hero sleeps in a foreign land


The mountains are majestic, the pines and cypresses are green, and the white marble monument stands in the centre of the cemetery. Like the Karakoram Highway,

This cemetery is also a symbol of China-Pakistan friendship.

The solemn Chinese national anthem and the Pakistani national anthem were played one after another. Visiting delegations, volunteers, and local police representatives gathered in the Martyrs Memorial Hall

Lay a wreath in front of the monument and bow three times with deep affection. In order to build the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway, more than 700 people from the two countries sacrificed their lives, including 88 Chinese people.

The martyrs of the country stayed in Pakistan forever.

Deep brotherhood, veteran Zhao Jun recalled his comrades with tears. Blood is thicker than water, and the martyr Zhao Wanxia laments her heartfelt sorrow. Created by veteran Mao Wei

Recited poem: “Thousands of words merge into a river, flowing endlessly into the distance. With the sun and moon shining and flowers accompanying you, you are in a foreign country

You are not alone; we are always watching! ”

Yueyang volunteer Wang Hong said that we must vigorously carry forward the great internationalist spirit and heroic and fearless dedication of the martyr’s god.

Later, Tian Niansheng and Zhang Ruiping, veterans of Hunan’s aid to Pakistan, held the national flag with both hands and took the lead. All the people participating in the memorial ceremony circled the martyrs.

Cemetery for a week; veterans Li Zhong, Zeng Yuehui, Qi Jibin and volunteers covered the national flags on each tomb of martyrs and assisted 7 martyrs at the same time.

Find the tombstone of your loved one.

Hello dear! Hello, comrades! Hello hero! In front of the martyrs’ tombs, members of the visiting delegation carried out activities in accordance with the traditions of their hometown

Memorial ceremony – place fruits, offer flowers, light incense, and kneel down devoutly.

“Gilgit, the road is long and difficult, and life and death are blurred…” The song “Gilgit” was composed by writers and artists from Hunan and Hubei provinces

“Special Missing” sounded in the cemetery, making people cry.


Tears suddenly turned into a downpour


Paper ashes fly into white butterflies, and tears and blood turn into red cuckoos. Relatives of martyrs and veterans mournfully call out the names of relatives and comrades-in-arms.

The tears poured out were the pain and fatigue, longing and expectation of decades of depression. Zhao Wanxia and Zhao Wanhui from Shihezi, Xinjiang

The two sisters came to the cemetery carrying the portrait of their brother Zhao Wanlin. The brother in the portrait was handsome and handsome, but they would never see him again.

Dear brother! The two sisters cried bitterly: “Brother, we have missed you for decades. Today, we bring you

Your parents’ longing and entrustment are here to see you! “Brother, we really want to take you home.” I can see so many comrades in arms

They are all here, and you definitely don’t want to leave the team. Brother, rest in peace here! ”

Martyr Wang Dexin came to Gilgit for the second time to pay homage to his brother Wang Zhizhi. Wang Zhiyi is a Xinjiang native of the 1st Battalion and 4th Company of the 544th Army.

Shi, died in a landslide during a road construction project aiding Pakistan on October 10, 1976, at the age of 21. In front of his brother’s grave, Wang De shed tears all the time

Zongheng: “My two sisters are in poor health. I am the only one who came to see you on behalf of the whole family. My parents have passed away and passed away peacefully. I am your younger brother.”

My brother has done his duty. Just rest assured. ”

With the instructions of other martyrs’ relatives, Wang Dexin paid tribute to the Xinjiang martyrs He Guoguang, Zou Ming, He Xinhong and Dong Zhida one by one.

They paid homage and expressed their admiration for the martyrs.

Martyrs Gaoyuan from Donghai County, Jiangsu Province usually does not smoke, but this time he brought a pack of cigarettes from his hometown. Find the martyr uncle Gao Jicai

After the tomb, he quickly cleaned, burned incense, kowtowed, then lit a cigarette, took a puff, and placed it in front of the tombstone. He said: “Uncle

, I went to offer cigarettes to your comrades. “Soon, cigarette smoke curled up in front of 88 tombs.

Zhao Heshun, a martyr from Hebi, Henan, came to the tomb of his brother Zhao Laishun and said: “Brother, I brought the portraits of my parents with me.

coming. You did not fulfill your filial piety by dedicating yourself to serving the country. Today I leave my ‘parents’ to you and ask you to fulfill your filial piety! Don’t worry

At home, if you need anything, give your family a dream. All the nieces and nephews in the family have achieved success, some have been admitted to college, and some have

Some of them were admitted to graduate school and even became doctoral students. Now our home has very convenient transportation, including airplanes and high-speed rail. If you have it underground

I know, I must go home and take a look! ”

Zhao Heshun took out a handful of loess he brought from home and sprinkled it around the cemetery, hoping that the soil from his hometown would bring peace to the martyrs.

The fragrance of hometown.

With the help of the tomb guard Ali and volunteers Mostan and Zeng Zonggao, Zhao Heshun, JinHongwei and other martyrs’ families took away the

A handful of black soil from the cemetery.


7 martyrs, 7 claws of black soil. The heroes’ spirits of the martyrs return to their hometown!


Happy reunion with a glass of wine


Wei Anqiu, a veteran from Tongcheng, Anhui Province, made a special trip to pay homage to martyr Li Shaohai, his classmate and comrade-in-arms. Once upon a time, photos were scarce;

But Wei Anqiu’s longing for his comrades grew day by day; so he “cut out” Li Shaohai from his high school graduation photo.

He repaired it and then took it to a porcelain factory to make a porcelain statue. He also brought pencils, rulers and glue. After wiping the tombstones of his comrades, he put the porcelain

As if pasted on the tombstone, with this deep friendship, it warmed the cold cemetery and soothed the lonely feelings of the comrades who were sleeping in a foreign land.


“Comrades, let’s drink!” Zhao Jun, who is also a veteran of Tongcheng, specially brought homesick wine. He told reporters that the Anhui martyrs

Four comrades were sacrificed, three of whom were from Tongcheng. In order to pay tribute to his fellow soldiers, he took the wine on the train and went through customs. Customs clear

The regulations stipulated that you were not allowed to bring alcohol, but at Khunjerab Customs, the police heard that they were going to Pakistan to commemorate the heroes, so they gave the green light to let them go.


Arriving at the tomb of his comrades, Liu Xianrong, a veteran from Yueyang, Hunan, took a video professionally. He said affectionately: “Comrades, I will come

It’s up to you, how are you doing in a foreign country? I was commissioned by my comrades in my hometown to make a video about you for them.

Look, all the comrades in my hometown miss you!


There is true love in the world


The eight volunteers accompanying the group are not directly related to the history of aiding Pakistan, but they do not lack great love and true feelings.

Zhao Siyuan, Huang Yuehong, and Wang Geyin, who escorted the whole process, carefully wiped the dust on each martyr’s tombstone and presented flowers, expressing their admiration and remembrance.

“The motherland has not forgotten you, and the people have not forgotten you either.” Wang Hong, Zeng Zonggao, and Xu Shibin expressed their gratitude to everyone who came to visit them.

All the tombs of the martyrs were covered with bright national flags. “I hope you can all feel the warmth of the motherland.”

Bai Lijun and Zha Juan saw that Zhao Jun’s wine had not been used up yet, so they borrowed it and sprinkled it on the graves of other martyrs, hoping that the people in their hometown would

Wine, the wine of longing, can relieve the martyrs’ homesickness.

Pines and cypresses embrace each other, and eagles watch. Rest in peace, martyrs who aided Pakistan! Your heroic deeds are like towering monuments.

It will remain in the hearts of the people of China and Pakistan forever!