It was New Year’s Day in 2012, the first year after General Kim Jong Il passed away.
At daybreak the soldiers of the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Tank Division were standing in front of the barracks with a strong yearning for the General.
As they were staring at the snow-covered road leading to their division, the road along which the General and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un had come to inspect it, they saw some cars rolling along towards them.
The cars pulled up before the soldiers and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un got off. Upon seeing their Supreme Commander, they raised loud cheers.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was greeted by the commanding officers of the division and shook hands with them.
He said: Early this morning I visited the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to pay homage to the great General. It seemed to me that he was telling me to inspect army units, so I have come straight to this division.
He gave a pep talk to the teary-eyed officers and, guided by them, made the rounds of the barracks in which it was warm enough, mess hall, bathhouse, training ground and other places of the division. Looking round these places along the course he had followed in the company of the General two years previously, he felt as if he were there with the General.
He said to the accompanying officials: I have inspected the Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Tank Division on the first morning of the new year we greet in tears of blood. This inspection is the announcement of my unshakeable faith and determination to invariably hold up the banner of Songun true to the intentions of our great leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and build a thriving socialist country of Juche on this land.
The officials were now reminded of what he had said on New Year’s Eve:
“I pledged at the bier of the General to follow the road traversed by him. We should invariably march along the road of independence, Songun and socialism pioneered by President Kim Il Sung and developed by General Kim Jong Il, in order to ensure that the history of the President’s revolutionary activities and the General’s Songun-based revolutionary leadership continues.
“In the future, too, I will inspect the units of the People’s Army as the General did on the road of Songun.”