Red history proves impetus for the future

Education related to revolutionary activities is helping people prepare for the challenges ahead and pass on the CPC spirit

A statue in Shazhou village in Chenzhou city, Hunan province, tells the story of “half a quilt”: three Red Army soldiers left half of their quilt to a local villager during the Long March (1934-36). [Photo/Xinhua]

Every day, more than 5,000 tourists from across the country swarm to Shazhou village in Chenzhou city, Hunan province, to visit the site of an important event in the history of the Communist Party of China.

The event happened in 1934, when three female soldiers from the Red Army, a predecessor of the People”s Liberation Army, sought shelter in the home of Xu Jiexiu, an elderly Shazhou resident, as they passed through the village. When they left, the soldiers cut their only quilt in two, leaving half with Xu.

In 2016, President Xi Jinping mentioned the story in a speech at a ceremony to commemorate the 80th…

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