Tribute to Lei Feng at museum
TOM KORSKI in Beijing
A state tribute to a long-dead socialist martyr has been revamped as a lesson to young people.
The Communist Party will today unveil the memorial to propaganda icon Lei Feng at Beijing's National Museum of the Revolution, 35 years after the exhibit first appeared on the orders of Mao Zedong.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhu Bangzao urged all citizens to learn from Lei. 'Studying the life of Lei Feng is part of building socialist ethics and culture,' he said.
Lei, a PLA corporal, was proclaimed a socialist martyr by Mao in 1963 for selfless deeds such as doing the garrison's laundry and donating his pay to peasants.
'This movement is something we should all carry out,' said Mr Zhu.
The exhibit features Lei's diary and testimonials from his PLA comrades.
According to party legend, 22-year-old Lei was killed by a falling telegraph pole while on duty in 1962.