The hometown of ancient Chinese patriot Yue Fei in central Henan Province will commemorate the 900th anniversary of his birth on March 17, according to sources with the local government.
A native of Anyang in Henan, Yue Fei became a general known for his strict discipline and bravery, whose patriotic spirit and integrity have made him a model for Chinese people.
"We will propagate his great achievements and promote his spirit via the media, cultural performances and academic speeches," said Jin Suidong, major of Anyang.
A kind of stamped commemorative album has been issued for the occasion, said sources with the local post office.
Descendants of Yue Fei all over the world and many overseas Chinese are expected to attend the March 17 meeting in Anyang's Tangyin County, birthplace of Yue Fei.
Besides the meeting, the local government will commemorate the anniversary with activities including lion dance, stilt walking, and popular rural folk dances.
General Yue Fei (1103-1142) is one of China's most famous patriots. When he was a child, his mother inscribed four words on his back -- "Be Loyal to Motherland", which became his lifelong motto. As a general, he did much in driving back Jin invaders from the north, but was executed at age of 39.