On December 18, 2018, at the 40th Anniversary of Chinas Reform and Opening-up, Wei Changjin was awarded the title of Pioneer of Reform and was appraised as a fighting hero to safeguard the peaceful environment of reform and opening-up. The picture shows Wei Changjin. Sha Jianlong photo
China-Singapore Zaozhuang, Jan. 19 Title: Fighting hero Wei Changjin: The value of life lies in dedication and struggle
Author Sha Jianlong
The value of life lies in dedication and struggle. Any honor will become the past. We should not forget our first intention and leave a solid footprint of struggle in every post. Wei Changjin, the winner of the title Pioneer of Reform and political member of Zaozhuang Military Region, Shandong Military Region, said in an interview with CNN.
On December 18, 2018, at the 40th anniversary of Chinas reform and opening-up, 100 people including Wei Changjin, a hero fighting to safeguard the peaceful environment of reform and opening-up, were awarded the title of pioneer of reform.
Wei Changjin, the winner of the title of Pioneer of Reform and political member of Zaozhuang Military Region, Shandong Military Region, was interviewed by China News Agency. Sha Jianlong photo
Wei Changjin participated in a border military operation in the 1980s. In the fierce battle, after four comrades-in-arms were killed and seriously injured, he stood alone for 11 hours to keep his position and prevent the enemy from invading the countrys territory. When the enemy was about to attack the post, he used the telephone to shout Shoot at me, and guided the artillery to repel the enemys eight counter-attacks in a row.
After the battle, Wei Changjin, who was only 19 years old, suffered severe injuries: shrapnel pierced his left eye and right chest, 22 wounds in his body, and coma in the rear hospital for 7 days and 7 nights. After four or five major operations, he still has four shrapnel in his body, which is known as Wang Cheng alive.
Nowadays, besides necessary activities, Wei Changjin seldom mentions his experience 33 years ago. Faced with Wei Changjin, who wears glasses and is gentle and elegant, it is difficult for reporters to match him with the heroic image of shooting at me.
Walking down the battlefield, Wei Changjin has been awarded honorary titles such as fighting hero and national self-improvement model. After returning to the army, he adjusted his posts more than 10 times according to the arrangement of his superiors, and grew from a soldier to a leading cadre of a teacher.
Today, Wei Changjin is still active in the army in military uniform. The picture shows the scene of his work. Sha Jianlong photo
Wei Changjin participated in the national tour speech and was received by the national leaders. Faced with honor, flowers and applause, he did not immerse himself in it, but kept in mind his commitment to the organization, leaving a solid footprint of struggle in every post. Honor is the recognition of a nations dedication to an era and a group of people. I am just one of the representatives. This honor is the driving force of my work and the strength of my struggle.
Wei Changjin, who has experienced the baptism of artillery, cherishes the hard-won peace very much. He said that as a soldier in the new era, he should fight for the protection of national interests. Im just a brick on the Great Wall of Iron and Steel of our motherland. Only by working harder can I stand up to all the honors I shoulder.
Over the past 30 years, Wei Changjin has persisted in carrying out national defense education in the army and schools, and has reported on more than 100,000 young people successively. He told reporters that although the times have developed, patriotism is the same for every generation of young people. As long as we all come together to love our common home and great motherland, we can get a real peaceful and happy life.
Wei Changjin said that he would continue to maintain and carry forward the fine style of work of Chinese servicemen, who are hardworking and courageous, and continue to contribute to national defense and army building. Sha Jianlong photo
Every time I travel by plane or train, four pieces of shrapnel inside my body attract the squeak alarm sound of security equipment, constantly reminding and inspiring Wei Changjin, not forgetting his original intention, daring to sacrifice, not bearing heavy burdens, and not humiliating his mission. Since we are all wearing this uniform, we must always be ready to go to the battlefield.
Today, Wei Changjin is still active in the army in military uniform. The new era belongs to the era of strugglers, but also the era of reverence for strugglers. I will continue to maintain and carry forward the fine style of work of Chinese soldiers, who are hardworking and courageous, and continue to contribute to national defense and army building. (end)
Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Yao Wenguang_NN1682