2022-01-14

Salute! 87 “post-90s” veterans of the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea “took a group photo”

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Volunteers from the care fund of the volunteer army in Fuyang District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, spent one month and traveled thousands of kilometers to complete single photos of 87 veterans. After post production, we have this precious “group photo” below. The word “leave no regrets” is often mentioned in shooting operations. Because of this, many difficulties have been overcome one by one. At present, the volunteers have successively sent the framed photos to each veteran’s home

caring for veterans is to fear history

when the smoke of gunpowder disappears, enjoy peace, and don’t forget the people who defended the country in those days

Salute! 87 “post-90s” veterans of the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea “took a group photo”

group photo of volunteer veterans in Fuyang District, Hangzhou

after a month and thousands of kilometers, volunteers in Fuyang District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province took a “group photo” for the veterans of the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea –

after 70 years on the battlefield, the old heroes gathered again

■ Shen Na, Liu Liguo, our reporter Guo Hongbin

“this big” group photo “of the veterans of the volunteer army is too precious!”

“there are so many old heroes of the volunteer army around us. We can’t forget them!”

on the eve of the new year, in the “picture exhibition commemorating the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea” held in Fuyang District, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, a special “group photo” of veterans to resist US aggression and aid Korea attracted extensive attention

the 87 old people in the big “group photo” are veterans who participated in the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea, with an average age of more than 90. They wore the uniforms of the volunteers and the commemorative medallions of “the 70th anniversary of the Chinese people’s Volunteers’ War to resist US aggression and aid Korea”. Although the veterans are old, they are still hale and hearty and exude the unique spirit of soldiers

the initiator of this “group photo” is Xue Yuhua, the project director of the care fund for volunteer veterans in Fuyang District, Hangzhou

Xue Yuhua is a retired soldier who has special feelings for volunteer veterans. At the beginning of 2021, he contacted the district Charity Federation to establish the “Fuyang District volunteer veterans care fund”, and organized and planned seven care activities, including visit action, bright action, support action, wish action, winter clothing action, veterans story meeting and birthday blessing action. “We hope that through our actions, we will remind more people not to forget the history of resisting US aggression and aiding Korea, not to forget to be grateful to heroes and cherish peaceful life.” Xue Yuhua said

during the interview and investigation, Xue Yuhua found that 10 Veterans died successively in less than one year. At that time, when the film “Changjin Lake” was popular, I heard and saw that my friends and family were worshipping and admiring the heroes in the film, while the old heroes around me were quietly leaving. This made him filled with emotion and heartache

“Many veterans took black-and-white military uniform photos to tell us about their combat experience in those years. They all miss their military career and their comrades in arms who went through life and death together. Some people asked to put on their old military uniform and take another color photo, others asked to see their old comrades in arms. Considering that the veterans are old and inconvenient to move, I suddenly had an idea : take a uniform photo for each of the veterans, and then make a’group photo’ of these photos to reunite them in the photos. ” Xue Yuhua introduced

it’s urgent to keep a photo for veterans. Under the organization of Xue Yuhua, a volunteer photography team composed of local famous art editor he Rongfa, photographer he Lili and Hua Lingjuan was established immediately

It is understood that there were 89 veterans living in Fuyang at that time, with an average age of more than 90 years. Many veterans are over 95 years old, and some are ill in bed all year round. It is almost impossible for them to take group photos together. The feasible method is to take individual photos for each veteran first, and then synthesize them together through technology

the group photo action was officially launched on the anniversary of the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea on October 25, 2021. Nearly 100 veterans are scattered in various towns and streets in Fuyang district. How long will it take? Xue Yuhua stamped his foot: run, run quickly, and run scientifically. He and several photographers repeatedly studied the shooting plan, and finally decided to complete the early single photo shooting in several ways according to the living distribution, age and physical condition of the veterans

however, it is conceivable how difficult it is for so many veterans to look natural in the end. Because the positions in the photos are different, the shooting angles are also different, and in the front row, you have to sit in a unified chair to shoot. Therefore, they determined the position of each person in the “group photo” according to the body, height and other conditions of some veterans mastered in the early stage

in the following days, he Rongfa, he Lili, Hua Lingjuan and volunteers came to 16 towns (streets) of Fuyang, including Xindeng, Wanshi, Dongqiao and Xukou, with a total journey of nearly 1000 kilometers, and finally completed the single photos of 87 veterans. So far, the preliminary preparations for the “group photo” have been basically completed

“no regrets” also has regrets

when following up the shooting process, a “gag photo” makes people cry. In the photo, a bench is placed on the bed, photographer he Rongfa stands on it, and nearby volunteers help hold the bench. Just below the lens of he Rongfa is veteran Wang Quanyuan lying in bed in military uniform

Wang Quanyuan couldn’t get up to take pictures because he was ill in bed all year round, but he Rongfa read the desire of the old hero from his eyes. “We don’t want to leave any regrets.” He Rongfa said that it was with this belief that he thought of shooting with the bed as the background

finally, with the cooperation of his family, Wang Quanyuan put on his military uniform, lay on the hospital bed with the background cloth paved in advance, straightened his body with all his strength, straightened his head, and stared at the camera lens above. As the “click” sound sounded, the lens was fixed, and the old man in the photo seemed to stand up again and look forward

“no regrets” is often mentioned in shooting operations. Because of this, many difficulties have been overcome one by one. By the end of the operation, except for two veterans who gave up shooting for personal reasons, the other 87 veterans had completed shooting 86

the name of the veteran photographed last is Zhuang Zhengfu. He was hospitalized in other places all year round. When volunteers contacted his family, he was lying on the hospital bed with a breathing tube inserted in his nose. Due to the epidemic situation, the photographer was unable to shoot at the hospital site. Seeing that the “group photo” is about to be completed, Zhuang Zhengfu’s position is still empty

finally, he Rongfa and Zhuang Zhengfu’s family members added wechat to remotely guide the elderly’s family members to shoot repeatedly with their mobile phones. He Rongfa finally selected a satisfactory photo

nevertheless, the “group photo action” still left a regret. In the later production process, Zhang Zhixing, the second veteran from the left in the third row, died of illness before seeing the photo

Xue Yuhua recalled that Zhang was in good health during the shooting. He straightened up in front of the camera in his military uniform. “We thought this would happen, so when making the shooting plan, we tried to arrange the poor physical condition in front. Unexpectedly, Mr. Zhang didn’t wait for the day when the group photo was completed.” Xue Yuhua said regretfully

“group photo” became popular and care continued

after one month of rush shooting and post production, the big “group photo” was finally completed on November 25, 2021. They enlarged the photos into exhibition boards, presented them to the Party History Research Office of Fuyang District, and exhibited them at the “theme picture exhibition commemorating the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea” in Fuyang district

“this photo is too shocking and precious.” “This is the hero around us.” Many visitors took out their mobile phones and took a group photo with this photo

in the temporary exhibition hall of fuchunshan Pavilion, the 8 veterans in the group photo, Xu Shunquan, Yang Lvchun, Zhang hengben, Cao Renyi, Shi an, ye Yuxian, Zhang Baoxiang and Zhang Ronggen, came to visit under the guidance of volunteers

veteran Xu Shunquan looked at the group photo and said to his wife: “Li Zhigui hasn’t seen him for decades. I didn’t expect to see him in the photo this time.” With that, Xu Shunquan asked the volunteers about veteran Li Zhigui

looking at the group photo, another veteran Zhang Ronggen was a little lost. It turned out that he saw a familiar name – Xu Tugen in the list of martyrs to resist US aggression and aid Korea. In 1951, he joined the army with Xu Tugen from Xindeng, but shortly after arriving in North Korea, 17-year-old Xu Tugen died in an enemy aircraft attack in order to treat the wounded. “What would he look like if he could live and take a group photo? I only remember him when he was 17!” Zhang Ronggen murmured

“caring for veterans is to fear history and protect our spiritual homeland. Listening to their stories about each medal on their chest and feeling their full blood and loyalty to serve the motherland are the original intention of our public welfare activities and the pursuit of my life.” Xue Yuhua said

in recent days, volunteers of the Fuyang District Volunteer Army care fund have successively sent framed photos to every veteran’s home

when the smoke of gunpowder disappears, enjoy peace, and don’t forget the people who defended the country in those days. An upsurge of learning heroes, paying tribute to heroes and caring for heroes has sprung up in Hangzhou

In early December last year, Xue Yuhua sent me the military uniform photos taken by their team, a single photo and a group photo. Looking at the smiling faces of my comrades in arms in the big “group photo”, I vaguely saw that we were brave and fearless in storming through the rain of guns and bullets. It seemed that I had returned to the battlefield of resisting US aggression and aiding Korea

when I went to the battlefield, I was a 16-year-old girl with a long braid. That year, I studied in the health school of the Ministry of health of the 12th army. When I learned that there was a need for medical personnel ahead, I took the initiative to write an application and asked to go to the front. It was a cold day when I arrived in North Korea. The snow was very thick, reaching the root of my thigh

our medical center is stationed in an air raid shelter not far from the battlefield, and the conditions are slightly better than the front line. At that time, I ate frozen steamed bread and fried noodles mixed with cold water. Life was very hard. The war is very cruel. When some wounded were sent, they were seriously injured. They really shed tears. But the wounded were brave. At the age of about 20, no matter how many injuries they suffered, they endured pain and didn’t cry. It is they who have defended our motherland and people with flesh and blood, and many young lives have remained in North Korea forever

as a witness of that war, I was honored to receive the commemorative medal of “Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people’s Republic of China” and the commemorative medal of “the 70th anniversary of the Chinese people’s Volunteer Army’s war to resist US aggression and aid Korea”. I think it would be great if I could take a color photo with a commemorative medallion and a volunteer uniform

unexpectedly, Xiao Xue and the volunteers not only took military uniform photos for me, but also made a big “group photo”, which fulfilled my biggest wish in the past two years

a big “group photo” photo, through time and space, let’s share the joy of comrades in arms reunion and enjoy peace and prosperity

they will always be the most lovely people

■ Sheng Wenying, a teacher of Dayuan middle school in Fuyang District, Hangzhou

not long ago, I went to visit the “theme picture exhibition commemorating the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea” with my friends. Seeing the big “group photo” of the veterans of the war to resist US aggression and aid Korea, I couldn’t help but feel sad