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Hard Work and Plain Living -- Entrepreneurial Cornerstone of the Great Northern Wilderness people
Brave to Open up – Mental Outlook of the Great Northern Wilderness people
Overall Situation -- Magnanimous Mind of the Great Northern Wilderness people
Selfless Contribution -- Noble Sentiment of the Great Northern Wilderness people
This piece of black land in the Great Northern Wilderness creates huge material wealth and produces valuable nourishment for the mind at the same time –Great Northern Wilderness spirit, which is another generous contribution of the Great Northern Wilderness to the People's Republic of China! The core of Great Northern Wilderness spirit is entrepreneurship and dedication and people summarize it as: Hard Work and Plain Living, Brave to Open up, Overall Situation, Selfless Contribution
Ever since 1974, an wilderness reclamation army made up of 140,000 armymen transferred to civil work, 50,000 graduates from colleges and technical secondary schools, 200,000 aid-the-frontier young civilians from Beijing, Shandong, Sichuan, etc. and 540,000 urban educated youth local cadre peasants have successively come here, started from scratch, overcome numerous difficulties, built mechanical farms in the boundless and indistinct wilderness and "contributed their youth, their whole life, and their generations of descendants" and the Great Northern Wilderness spirit has been reflected everywhere.
Here I would like to talk about "Overall Situation".
After decades of hard work, reclamation soldiers finally have turned the wilderness into fertile fields. However, one day, they were required to abandon these fertile farmlands and looked at these farmlands to descend to the wilderness before helplessly! What a painful thing! The storm in June 1991 lasted for a dozen of days! Then, a flood peak! A catastrophic flood in the Muling River appeared at a flow of 4,870 m3 per second! Existing riverway was hard to bear such powerful flood impact, so dam collapse ad burst would be caused certainly. A decide must be made -- to sacrifice the east or the west bank, so as to protect one side! There were six towns, 2.4 million mu of farmland and 150,000 people of Hulin County on the east bank; and 400,000 mu of farmland with an anticipated bumper harvest and 20,000 people. It was obvious which side was more important! Flood-fighting general headquarters gave the order reluctantly – Staff of farm 857 must withdraw from the farm rapidly! Bomb the dam to diverse the flood!
In this flood disaster, in order to increase the discharge capacity of the Songhua River, farm 290 also paid the cost of 40,000 mu of farmland.
All members of farm 857 from leaders to every employee were shocked on hearing this command! On July 31, 1991, as the farm 857 leaders gave the gesture of "Bomb the dam" with tears in eyes, more than 100 million m3 of flood swarmed into farm 857 from over 60 gaps, then 400,000-plus farmland was submerged; 13,500 m2 of houses of 13 production teams collapsed; thousands of people became homeless; roads and bridges were destroyed and caused direct economic loss reaching 64.92 million yuan. Farm 857 became an islet and was separated with outside for more than ten days; however, the 2.4 million mu of farmland and 150,000 people on the east bank of Muxing were saved.
Seeing their houses built with sweat and efforts were washed away and corps being harvested after their diligent work from plowing, seeding and fertilizing in the spring were submerged; their families would lose everything and should start from scratch once again! What a heart-breaking pain!
In front the rare flood and rare disaster, Great Northern Wilderness people made a rare feat. They sacrificed themselves, focused on the overall situation and returned the national people and the country with practical action!
There is no independent spirit history. Spirit is the product and reflection of material relationship in a specific era.
So is the spirit of the Great Northern Wilderness. It is implanted in the black soil by the plow of the pioneers; it sprouts under the irrigation of the sweat of the pioneer, develops in the spring breeze of the economic development of the reclamation area and bears rich fruits in the new historical period.