North Korea marks war anniversary, preps for big spectacle
PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea has marked the anniversary of the end of World War II and its liberation from Japanese colonial rule with a series of ceremonies ahead of what is expected to be a much bigger event next month — the 70th anniversary of its national foundation day.
A steady flow of residents in Pyongyang streamed to statues of the country’s leaders or other monuments on Wednesday to observe the anniversary. Virtually all holidays in the North have a strongly political bent. Similar processions were repeated across the country.
This year’s low-key anniversary comes less than a month before North Korea is expected to fete an extravagant celebration complete with parades, foreign VIP delegations and mass gymnastics on its Sept. 9 national foundation day.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.