Write heroic feats and praise the heroic spirit (Taste the Red Classic (11))

  70 years after its launch, it still shines with dazzling brilliance

  On April 11, 1951, the front page of the People's Daily published a newsletter "Who is the cutest person" written by Wei Weicai, which produced a enthusiastic response.

This work quickly spread on the front lines of North Korea, and the soldiers rushed to print the article, even if it crossed the enemy's line of fire, it had to be delivered to the frontline comrades.

At the second National Congress of the People’s Republic of China, Premier Zhou Enlai took "Who is the Loveliest Person" as an example and encouraged everyone to write out the outstanding images of workers, peasants and soldiers, and affirmed that Wei Wei has taken the title of "the cutest person" for his children. .

  Later, "Who is the cutest person" was selected into the middle school Chinese textbook, which influenced several generations of Chinese.

People affectionately call the Chinese People's Volunteers who are fighting in North Korea "the cutest person."

To this day, people still can't help calling them "the cutest people" when they see the figures of soldiers fighting on the front lines of fighting floods, earthquakes, and epidemics, and defending the frontiers of national territorial sovereignty.

  70 years later, the words in "Who is the cutest person" are still vividly imprinted in the memory of the Chinese people. After the washing of time, they shine with dazzling brilliance.

  "Dear friends, when you get on the first tram in the morning and walk towards the factory, when you carry the rake to the fields, when you finish drinking a cup of soy milk, and when you walk to school with your schoolbag, when you are quiet Sit quietly at your desk when planning this day of work, when you stuff an apple in your child’s mouth, when you take a leisurely walk with your lover, friends, do you realize that you are in happiness? You may be very I was surprised to see me:'This is very common!' However, those who have returned from North Korea will know that you are living in happiness." This passage, I believe many people feel like they have seen it before, even if they can't recite it verbatim. , It must be as cordial as meeting an old friend.

  Braving the gunfire to write and show the heroic demeanor

  Why does "Who is the cutest person" have such a lasting and exuberant vitality?

  The article expresses the common aspirations of the Chinese sons and daughters.

The victory of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea gave New China a firm foothold.

More importantly, this battle demonstrated the confidence and pride of the Chinese people to stand on their own in the East of the world.

It was at such a historical moment that "Who is the cutest person" expressed the common aspirations of people yearning for peace and defending the country, and ignited the passion of people who are constantly striving for self-improvement and longing for revival-it can be said, "Who is "The Loveliest Person" speaks with the times and empathizes with the people, and its vitality comes from this.

  The article is the first of its kind.

During the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea, hundreds of thousands of volunteer soldiers and soldiers did not hesitate to go through all fire and water, and used their lives to pave the way for the development of New China.

They are brave and tenacious, selfless and dedicated, willing to trade their lives for peace and the happiness of the people.

"Who is the cutest person" has established the glorious image of the soldiers, and established the new social trend of admiring heroes, admiring heroes, and learning heroes.

  The article is a disgusting work written by the author braving the gunfire.

Wei Wei once said in an interview: "This topic was not a hard idea, but it came out of my heart excitedly on the Korean battlefield." After the volunteers entered the Korean war, Wei Wei went to the front for interviews twice.

During the short marching break and the smoke-filled battle, the writer risked his life and went deep into the forefront of the battle, accumulating a large amount of original material in the artillery fire.

According to Qin Zhaoqun, a guard of the 114th Division at the time, once the division had just occupied a certain high ground, and there was still the danger of the enemy's counterattack, Wei Wei rushed to the scene to interview.

  Before "Who is the cutest person", Wei Wei once wrote a newsletter about interview materials on the Korean battlefield, which was longer and contained more than 20 cases.

However, he and his colleagues in "People's Liberation Army Literature and Art" felt that the content was scattered and lacking in strength, so they did not publish it.

After that, he carefully selected and repeatedly deliberated, focusing on the three most touching stories: the battle on Songgu Peak, the most heroic on the Korean battlefield; while blocking the enemy on the south bank of the Han River, young soldier Ma Yuxiang rushed into the sea of ​​flames and rescued the trapped North Korean children. ; The soldiers ate fried noodles in the air-raid shelter.

Facing the interview, the soldiers' answers were simple and unpretentious, which deeply moved Wei Wei's heart.

  Driven by full and strong emotions, "Who is the cutest person" was completed in one go.

The writing is plain, white and smooth, without a word of slurredness; the rationale is clear and eloquent, and there is no doubt about it; the spirit and rhyme are bold and heavy, without a period of attenuation.

The rhythmic narrative and the realm of heroes set against each other and are naturally natural. It writes that the volunteers face the enemy armed to the teeth, and for the motherland and the people behind them, they resolutely repel the fearless spirit of the enemy, and write that they face danger and have no hesitation to rescue. The great love of life that transcends national boundaries writes that the reason why soldiers can be so calm and firm in the face of difficult conditions and death threats is that their strength comes from a rock-like faith and a mission.

  In this way, the highly infectious and persuasive newsletter "Who is the cutest person" has become a well-known masterpiece in the history of contemporary Chinese literature.

  Remember history, gather forces to overcome difficulties

  As a writer who was born in the mid to late 1970s and grew up in the People’s Army, one day after the age of 30, I re-read "Who is the Loveliest Person". At that time, I had served in the army for more than ten years.

"After the war, in this company's position, the guns were completely shattered, and machine gun parts were thrown all over the mountains. The bodies of the martyrs were in various poses, some hugging the enemy's waist, some hugging the enemy Some of them stuck their necks, knocked them to the ground, fell together with the enemy, and burned them together... When burying the remains of the martyrs, they clasped their hands and hugged the enemy so tightly. They are both inseparable..." When I read this paragraph, I was particularly shocked. I suddenly understood what war was and what sacrifices the volunteers had made in order to win the war.

  From then on, the memory and respect for heroes has added a heavy connotation.

I understand the difficulty of the Chinese nation's rebirth from the ashes.

Every Chinese son and daughter should keep in mind what kind of suffering our nation has gone through, what kind of internal and external troubles we have gone through before we have come to today.

  I understand the heroic spirit of the volunteers when they face powerful enemies.

In order to win, they left their family and inheritance; in order to win, they were not afraid; in order to win, they regarded death as home.

In the hearts of heroes, the interests of the motherland and the people are above all else.

  I am also engaged in military literature creation, among which novels about the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea account for a considerable amount.

"Who is the cutest person" is the enlightenment of my military literature creation, let me meet the heroes who fought Songgufeng in the river of history.

Later, when writing the novels "Encountering the Unknown Company in 1950" and "Death Replay", I "encountered" the heroes who died in the winter night at Changjin Lake and the heroes who swear to defend the Shangganling position.

Every "meeting" is a shock, which is no different from the shock that "Who is the cutest person" initially gave me.

I gradually feel that the significance of engaging in war novels lies in expressing this shock and passing it on to the readers who open the book.

I always inspire myself to work hard to penetrate the inner world of heroes, write heavy works worthy of history, worthy of suffering, worthy of heroes, and preserve and pass on this spiritual wealth in a literary way.

  Wei Wei wrote affectionately at the end of "Who is the cutest person": "Please realize that this is a kind of happiness, because only if you realize this can you have a deeper understanding of the reason why our soldiers are desperate in North Korea. "Wei Wei reminded people in a peaceful environment to never forget those heroes who gave up their lives for the well-being of the people.

We must not only admire and worship heroes, but also learn from heroes.

When we encounter difficulties or are in adversity, think about the volunteer soldiers who are exposed to the rain of bullets, cold weather, lack of food and clothing, life and death, from their deeds of encountering powerful enemies and fighting bravely, they will definitely be able to reap the hard work. Courage and confidence to win, and then gather strength, overcome difficulties, and move towards victory!

  (The author is a military writer)

  Drawing: Zhao Cairu