Nhan Dan – Winners of the contest on ‘Hanoi – Dien Bien Phu in the Air – Victory’ received their awards at a traditional festival held in Hanoi on December 25.
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The festival and the contest were co-organised by the Air Defence and Air Force Service and the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee (HCYUCC) to mark the 40th anniversary of ‘Hanoi – Dien Bien Phu in the Air’ victory, the historic battle against US B-52 bombers in December 1972.
The event was attended by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, Lieutenant General Vo Van Tuan, Vice-Chairman of the General Department of Politics of Vietnam People’s Army Lieutenant General Dao Duy Minh, Deputy-Political Commissar of the Vietnam Air Defence and Air Force Major General Nguyen Kim Cach, Secretary of the HCYUCC Duong Van An and leaders of the military units, as well as revolutionary veterans, heroes of the People’s Armed Forces and more than 1000 outstanding members of the Air Defence and Air Force Service.
At the festival, the special prize of the contest was presented to Lieutenant Tran Ngoc Trung from the Air Defence and Air Force Academy. The Organising Board also awarded two first, five second, ten third and 25 consolation prizes to winning individuals and presented a first, a second and five third prizes to outstanding collectives.
Speaking at the event, Major General Nguyen Kim Cach emphasised that the ‘Hanoi – Dien Bien Phu in the Air’ victory was a great turning point in Vietnam’s struggle for national independence and freedom, a symbol of the nation’s resilience and daunting character, the Vietnamese people’s pride and a valuable lesson on the intelligence, bravery and a great military talent of the Vietnamese army and people.
A wide variety of unique artistic items with immortal songs including ‘Troi Ha Noi xanh’ (Green Hanoi Sky), ‘Duong chung ta di’ (The Way We Go), ‘Bai Ca Ha Noi’ (Hanoi Song) were also performed during the festival.
Young soldiers from the Air Defence and Air Force Service burned the campfire and held a torch-light procession, following the art performance and awards ceremony.