Monday, December 23, 2013

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69th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army

Ho Chi Minh City municipal authorities held a grand ceremony at Ben Duoc temple in Cu Chi district on December 20 to mark the 69th anniversary of the Vietnam People’s Army (1944-2013).

Youth union members offering incense to war heroes and martyrs at Ben Duoc temple in HCMC (Source:

Bến Dược Memorial Temple

Addressing the event, Standing Vice Chairman Pham Van Hai of the city’s Fatherland Front Committee reviewed the nation’s struggle for independence, patriotism, undaunted spirit and the solidarity of the Vietnamese people.
He also affirmed that further endeavours would be made by Ho Chi Minh City’s administration and people to overcome difficulties, complete assigned socio-economic development tasks, strengthen the great national unity bloc and ensure political security.
In Cambodia, representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy, businesses and the overseas community joined with delegations from the Cambodian Defence Ministry and the Royal Army High Command to lay a wreath and offer incense at the memorial to Vietnamese volunteer soldiers in Phnom Penh.
Speaking after the service, General El Vansarath, secretary of state of the Cambodian Defence Ministry, spoke highly of the sacrifices made by Vietnamese soldiers to help his country escape from the genocidal regime of Pol Pot, an invaluable episode in the two countries’ special relationship.
In gratitude to officers and soldiers stationed in border areas, at sea and on islands, the People’s Army Newspaper, in co-ordination with the PetroVietnam Finance Corporation and the Military Bank, presented 200 scholarships, worth VND1 billion in all, to children of these soldiers.
The same day, an exhibition entitled ‘General Nguyen Chi Thanh – An outstanding disciple of President Ho Chi Minh’ opened at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Thua Thien – Hue province. The exhibition displays more than 200 photos, documents and objects, many of which are being made public for the first time, featuring the life and the glorious revolutionary career of General Thanh (1914-1967).
The Quang Ngai provincial Military Command held a get-together of retired military officers to inform attendees about the achievements of the locality’s armed forces in realising its defence tasks in 2013, as well as the forces’ orientations for 2014. Six individuals were also presented with the ‘Protecting the Country’ order in recognition of their contributions to national construction and defence.


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