Memorial Speech at Soong Ching Ling"s Funeral
By Deng Xiaoping
(June 3, 1981)
Today, it is with deep sorrow that we mourn the passing away of one of the founders of the People"s Republic of China; the Honorary President of the country; a beloved leader of the Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots and overseas Chinese; a world-famous soldier of patriotism, democracy, internationalism and communism; an experienced forerunner for defending world peace, and an outstanding member of the Communist Party of China—Comrade Soong Ching Ling.
Comrade Soong Ching Ling was from Wenchang County in Guangdong Province. She followed Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the great revolutionary, since her youth and dedicated herself to the democratic revolution. In 1913, she worked as the secretary of Dr. Sun, responsible for dealing with a large number of confidential letters from home and abroad and other daily routines......