In a speech made in July 2014 at a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the start of the nationwide resistance against Japanese aggression, Xi told the story of Deng Yufen, a heroic mother whose husband and five sons died in the fight against Japanese invaders.
Xi has told the story of Fang Zhimin, a patriot and revolutionary, on many occasions.
President Xi Jinping once shared an anecdote about Chen Wangdao, who first translated The Communist Manifesto into Chinese.
It is the CPC's uncompromising requirement for its members to remain incorruptible. When inspecting East China's Jiangxi province in 2019, Xi spoke of the deeds of Liu Qiyao, a faithful and uncorrupted Party member.
General Yang Jingyu, originally named Ma Shangde, was a national hero who led the Northeast Anti-Japanese United Army during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45).
Xi mentioned the story of Half a Quilt during the speech at a ceremony commemorating the 80th anniversary of the victory of the Long March on Oct 21, 2016.
During an inspection tour in Chongqing in January 2016, Xi stopped at a display case about the story of Half a Belt when visiting a military museum. "This is the power of belief," Xi said.
When meeting with national ethics role models and nominees in 2013, Xi expressed his respect for Gong Quanzhen, now 98, who went together with her husband to his rural hometown and devoted her life to teaching youngsters and helping locals in the mountainous region while living a frugal life herself.
Xi has celebrated Jiao Yulu (1922-64), a Party chief of Lankao county in Henan province who died at his post, as a model for officials to revere.