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Icon of altruism Lei Feng commemorated in NE China

2011-03-03 02:31:11 GMT2011-03-03 10:31:11(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

College students from Shenyang University hold a commemoration in front of a statue of Lei Feng at the Lei Feng memorial museum in Fushun, northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 2, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)

College students from Shenyang University walk past inscriptions by Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping at the Lei Feng memorial museum in Fushun, northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 2, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)

College students from Shenyang University tour the Lei Feng memorial museum in Fushun, northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 2, 2011.(Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)

College students from Shenyang University walk past a statue of Lei Feng at the Lei Feng memorial museum in Fushun, northeast China's Liaoning Province, March 2, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Wenkui)

Model soldier Lei Feng, characterized as a selfless and modest figure that was devoted to serving the people, has become a cultural icon representing selflessness, altruism and dedication in present-day China.

On March 5, 1963, Chairman Mao Zedong started the "Learn from Comrade Lei Feng" campaign by calling upon the nation to carry on Lei Feng's spirits. The day of March 5 is thus established "Lei Feng's Day", on which voluntary community events are arranged.

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