Woman Sends Handmade Insoles and Slippers to Frontier Soldiers for 12 Years

November 7, 2017重庆市
By Li Liang, Wu JuanEditor: Hewater Liu
Woman Sends Handmade Insoles and Slippers to Frontier Soldiers for 12 Years

Zhang Xinghui works on her handmade insoles for frontier soldiers in southwest China's Tibet. [cqwb.com.cn]

 

An elderly woman from the district of Dazu in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality has sent her handmade insoles and slippers for free to frontier soldiers and developed sound ties with her late son's army friends for 12 consecutive years.

Zhang Xinghui, 64, and her husband gave up the management of their hotpot restaurant when Gu Nu, their only son, sacrificed his own life to save a fellow soldier in a mudslide on July 16, 2005.

Back then, Gu and his comrades-in-arms were carrying out a routine patrol in their garrison area in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region when a mudslide erupted without any signs in advance.

A falling stone hit Gu's head and immediately claimed his life when he risked his own safety to rescue an army friend.

Gu was only 19 years old when the incident took place. Shortly afterwards, local authorities in his hometown recognized him as a martyr in honor of his heroic deeds.

To convey her everlasting love for Gu, Zhang has visited his former garrison area in Tibet against various odds five times and sent her handmade insoles and slippers to local soldiers.

Meanwhile, Gu's former army friends have frequently paid visits to his parents and cultivated closer ties with the childless couple, evident with the phenomenon that many of them view Zhang as their mother.

 

Woman Sends Handmade Insoles and Slippers to Frontier Soldiers for 12 Years

Zhang Xinghui (L) and her husband pose for a photo in their house. [cqwb.com.cn]

Woman Sends Handmade Insoles and Slippers to Frontier Soldiers for 12 Years

A display of awards and honors received by Gu Nu in his lifetime [cqwb.com.cn]

Woman Sends Handmade Insoles and Slippers to Frontier Soldiers for 12 Years

Zhang Xinghui (C) poses for a photo with her late son's comrades-in-arms. [cqwb.com.cn]

 

(Source: cqwb.com.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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