General Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnam’s greatest military hero

On May 27, 1948, he was conferred the title of highest-ranking General by the Late President Ho Chi Minh at the age 37

General Vo Nguyen Giap, former Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnam People's Army, passed away on October 4, but Vietnamese people will remember him for his great devotion to national independence. For the Vietnamese Army, he was a brilliant military strategist who planned historic battles that shine in Vietnamese history. Some revolutionary photos of General Vo Nguyen Giap taken from the book "General and Commander-in-Chief Vo Nguyen Giap": pubished by the Authority of Foreign Information, Service under the Ministry of Information and Communications in 2011): … [Read more...]

In photos: Historic milestones in General Giap’s life

Here are some archive images depicting historic milestones in the life of General Giap:

Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol of strong will and national pride. Legendary Vietnamese leader Vo Nguyen Giap started his career as a history teacher. He later became a politician and the Commander in Chief of the Vietnam People's Army. To many generations of Vietnamese, General Giap is a symbol of strong will and national pride. General Vo Nguyen Giap, whose real name is Vo Giap, was born on August 25, 1911, in An Xa village, Loc Thuy commune, Le Thuy district, in the central province of Quang Binh. In 1930, at the age of 19, he was arrested and imprisoned in Thua Phu prison in Hue province during the Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Uprising against the colonial French regime. On December 22, 1944 in Cao Bang, the Vietnam Propaganda Liberation Army was established with 34 members led by Vo Nguyen … [Read more...]

65 Years of Construction and Development

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The National Political Publishing House, formerly the Truth Publishing House, was established on December 5, 1945 and managed by late Party General Secretary Truong Trinh. Over the past 65 years, the Publishing House has been closely attached to and made a great contribution to the cause of development of Vietnam's revolution. When the North was completely liberated (October 1954), with its tasks of popularizing lines and policies of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), State and Marxism and Leninism to educate the socialist thoughts, the true patriotism and proletarian internationalism, the Publishing House promoted the translation and publication of great works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Particularly, from 1959 to 1965, the Publishing House completed the publication of the book "Capital" by Kart Marx and works of Lenin and President Ho Chi Minh. The headquarter of the National Political Publishing House at No.24 on Quang Trung Street, Hanoi. Ph.D Nguyen Duy Hung, … [Read more...]

Exhibition spotlights late leader’s sentiments towards south Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City's Nha Rong wharf, where the late leader left in 1911 to embark on a journey seeking ways to liberate Vietnam (Photo: VNA)

Reciprocal sentiments between late President Ho Chi Minh and southern Vietnam are being illustrated through hundreds of items showcased at an ongoing exhibition in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue. The event is being held at the Ho Chi Minh Museum from September 1 through October 15 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). It features 305 documents, photos and objects demonstrating President Ho Chi Minh’s aspirations for the freedom of the south, efforts to liberate the south and reunify the nation and the entire country’s resolve to build a Vietnam of peace, democracy and prosperity. The exhibits also highlight the profound sentiments between the late leader and southerners, who were the first and the last in the struggle for national independence. Earlier, the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Thua Thien-Hue province received nearly 400 documents and items relating to President Ho Chi Minh, including … [Read more...]

Ho Chi Minh City marks national events

Ho Chi Minh City authorities commemorated the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day during a public ceremony held on August 31. The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, a destination of the offering ceremony on August 31. Addressing the celebration, Le Hoang Quan, Politburo member and Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, highlighted the city’s comprehensive progress in the last four decades, saying it is striving to enhance local living standards moving forwards. Meanwhile, Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan awarded the Ho Chi Minh Order to the southern hub for its overall contributions to national development and defence. On the occasion, senior officials laid wreaths and offered incense as tribute to the late presidents Ho Chi Minh and Ton Duc Thang in various destinations across the city. Source: VNA … [Read more...]

VN State to free more than 18,000

More than 18,000 inmates in prisons and detention centres across Viet Nam are set to be released early, with 34 foreign inmates among them. Inmates learn how to make clothing at a garrment workshop of the Hoang Tien prison in Hai Duong Province. More than 18,000 inmates in prisons and detention centres across Viet Nam are set to be released early. There are 34 foreign inmates among them. The 70th anniversary of Viet Nam's National Day and the August Revolution would see prisoners, including those from Australia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand released early, said Gen. Le Quy Vuong, deputy minister of public security. The amnesty policy comes from Viet Nam's humanitarian tradition. In the past the State has released many inmates who behaved well and showed remorse, said deputy head of the Presidential Office Giang Son yesterday. The State also helped them re-enter the community. According to Son the spirit of the law lay in a mix between "punishment" … [Read more...]

Thirty-two outstanding Vietnamese expatriates return home to mark National Day

The Hanoitimes - The expatriates were invited by the Foreign Ministry’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs as a result of their active involvement in Vietnamese community activities abroad. Thirty-two outstanding Vietnamese expatriates worldwide have returned home from August 27 to September 3 to herald the 70th founding anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). Illustrative image During the visit, the overseas Vietnamese will participate in a series of events such as paying floral tributes to heroic fallen soldiers, visiting the mausoleum of late President Ho Chi Minh and the Presidential Palace and offering incense to the late President at the K9 historical site and late General Vo Nguyen Giap. The delegates are expected to attend a parade to celebrate 70 years of the August Revolution and National Day. The expatriates will then visit several historical relic sites such as the Thang Long Imperial Citadel in Hanoi, "Huu nghi" … [Read more...]

VN President to attend anti-fascist war victory in China

State President Truong Tan Sang will travel to China to attend the 70th anniversary of the global anti-fascist war victory on September 3, according to a Foreign Ministry press release. Various activities continued to be held by Vietnamese embassies around the world to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the country’s diplomatic sector. At a flag hoisting ceremony in New Delhi on August 28, Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh reviewed the establishment and development of the diplomatic sector since it was founded in August 28, 1945, highlighting its enormous attainments and contributions to the country’s growth. He delineated that the sector has helped with the struggle for national independence and reunification and the defeat of the French and US imperialists. The sector also played an important role in breaking the economic embargo, taking the country on the road of international integration and creating a peaceful environment for socio-economic … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese to parade on National Day

Deputy Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Van Pha had a meeting with overseas Vietnamese delegation yesterday who returned their home land to celebrate upcoming National Day (September 2). Overseas Vietnamese delegation takes photo at the meeting.(Photo:SGGP) The delegation includes 30 Vietnamese expatriates from 10 countries who represented for approximately 4, 5 million Vietnamese people living and working throughout the world. Despite of living and working abroad, Vietnamese expatriates always keep close watch toward the country's development as well as contribute to the country's economic development and integration, Deputy Chairman stressed at the meeting. The expatriates expressed their desire that Vietnamese Communist Party, State and relevant agencies will continue creating best conditions for young overseas Vietnamese to work in their home land. Deputy Chairman said: "Pursuant to Resolution no 36/NQ-TW, overseas Vietnamese play an … [Read more...]

Universal values of Declaration of Independence examined

A symposium was held in Hanoi on August 28 to provide more insight into the national and global values of the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam, written by late President Ho Chi Minh in 1945. President Ho Chi Minh reads the Declaration of Independence at Hanoi's Ba Dinh square on Sept.2, 1945- File photo: VNA Seven decades ago, revolutionary forces led by the Party and Ho Chi Minh successfully conducted a general uprising against the French colonialists. On behalf of the caretaker revolutionary Government, President Ho Chi Minh on September 2, 1945 read the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming Vietnam’s independence and the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. At the symposium, scientists dug deep into the Declaration’s significance and values, which they said was the crystallisation of the traditional patriotism and the entire nation’s aspiration for independence and freedom, as well as its role in … [Read more...]

VN celebrates 70 years of freedom

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has a close look at a modern unmanned aircraft model at the Ministry of Defence's display area at the exhibition. — VNA/VNS Photo HA NOI (VNS)— An exhibition to showcase the nation's socio-economic achievements – among the largest celebrations to mark the 70th year since Viet Nam gained independence – was opened to the public yesterday evening in Ha Noi. The exhibition, organ-ised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Planning and Investment, included highlighting the sacrifices of the Vietnamese people in protecting their country following the historic victory over aggressors in the August Revolution that led to the establishment of the nation on September 2, 1945. The impressive achiev-ements made in both social and economic terms since the Doi moi (renewal) policy was created in 1986 were also outlined at the exhibition. More than 60 venues were set up by 25 ministries and Government agencies … [Read more...]

State to free more than 18,000

Inmates learn how to make clothing at a garrment workshop of the Hoang Tien prison in Hai Duong Province. More than 18,000 inmates in prisons and detention centres across Viet Nam are set to be released early. There are 34 foreign inmates among them. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tan HA NOI (VNS)— More than 18,000 inmates in prisons and detention centres across Viet Nam are set to be released early, with 34 foreign inmates among them. The 70th anniversary of Viet Nam's National Day and the August Revolution would see prisoners, including those from Australia, Cambodia, China, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand released early, said Gen. Le Quy Vuong, deputy minister of public security. The amnesty policy comes from Viet Nam's humanitarian tradition. In the past the State has released many inmates who behaved well and showed remorse, said deputy head of the Presidential Office Giang Son yesterday. The State also helped them re-enter the community. According to Son the … [Read more...]

Diplomatic sector receives noblest order for 70-year dedication

The diplomatic sector received the Golden Star Order—the noblest order of Vietnam— for the second time at a ceremony marking its 70th founding anniversary (August 28, 1945) in Hanoi on August 27. The sector got the Order for the first time in 1995. President Truong Tan Sang attaches the Golden Star Order to the sector's flag - Photo: VNA At the event, State President Truong Tan Sang said the distinction illustrated the Party, State and people’s recognition of the great contributions of the sector. He expressed his gratitude to the late President Ho Chi Minh who founded Vietnam’s revolutionary diplomacy, and former diplomats, noting that the successes of the diplomatic sector have made through their tireless efforts and even sacrifices. During the 70-year course of national development, the diplomatic sector has assisted with revolutionary missions. It has taken the lead in coping with internal and external enemies while effectively coordinating with … [Read more...]

Diplomatic service receives noblest order for 70-year dedication

President Truong Tan Sang pinning the order to the traditional flag of the diplomatic service. Photo: qdnd.vn

The diplomatic service received the Golden Star Order—the noblest order of Vietnam— for the second time at a ceremony marking its 70th founding anniversary (August 28, 1945) in Hanoi on August 27. The sector got the Order for the first time in 1995. At the event, State President Truong Tan Sang said the distinction illustrated the Party, State and people’s recognition of the great contributions of the service. He expressed his gratitude to the late President Ho Chi Minh who founded Vietnam’s revolutionary diplomacy, and former diplomats, noting that the successes of the diplomatic sector have made through their tireless efforts and even sacrifices. During the 70-year course of national development, the diplomatic service has assisted with revolutionary missions. It has taken the lead in coping with internal and external enemies while effectively coordinating with political and military forces to win over international support for Vietnam’s … [Read more...]

OVs return home to celebrate National Day

President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2nd, 1945.    (Archive Photo)

(VOVworld) - Thirty-two outstanding overseas Vietnamese have returned home to herald the 70th founding anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). They were invited by the Foreign Ministry’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs as a result of their active involvement in Vietnamese community activities abroad. During the visit to the homeland until September 3, they will partake in a series of events including paying floral tributes to heroic fallen soldiers, visiting the mausoleum of late President Ho Chi Minh and the Presidential Palace, and offering incense to the late President at the K9 historical site and late General Vo Nguyen Giap. … [Read more...]

32 outstanding Overseas Vietnamese people return home on National Day

At the invitation of the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese under the Vietnamese ministry of foreign Affairs, 32 outstanding overseas Vietnamese people from the Angola Republic, Canada, Cambodia, Laos, the United States, Russia, France, and the Czech Republic have returned homeland to attend the ceremonies of August Revolution and National Day. They all are outstanding delagates including those who are heads of overseas Vietnamese associations had many contributions for Vietnamese community activities abroad. From August 27 to September 3, overseas Vietnamese people will join the events in the country such as offering incense to martyrs; visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; offering incense to commemorate late president Ho Chi Minh, late general Vo Nguyen Giap; taking part in the ceremonies of August Revolution and national day… On this occasion, they will have opportunity to visit historical sites in the country such as Hoang Thanh Thang Long Imperial citadel's … [Read more...]

OV return home to celebrate National Day

Thirty-two outstanding Vietnamese expatriates across the world have returned home to herald the 70th founding anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). The expatriates were invited by the Foreign Ministry’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs as a result of their active involvement in Vietnamese community activities abroad. During the visit to the homeland from August 27 to September 3, the overseas Vietnamese will partake in a series of events such as paying floral tributes to heroic fallen soldiers, visiting the mausoleum of late President Ho Chi Minh and the Presidential Palace and offering incense to the late President at the K9 historical site and late General Vo Nguyen Giap. They are expected to attend a parade to celebrate 70 years of the August Revolution and National Day. The delegates will be welcomed by leaders of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee. The expatriates will then visit several historical relic … [Read more...]

Overseas Vietnamese return home to celebrate National Day

The Overseas Vietnamese delegation is expected to join a parade to mark 70 years of August Revolution and National Day (Illustrative image. Source: VNA)

Thirty-two outstanding Vietnamese expatriates across the world have returned home to herald the 70th founding anniversary of the August Revolution (August 19) and National Day (September 2). The expatriates were invited by the Foreign Ministry’s Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs as a result of their active involvement in Vietnamese community activities abroad. During the visit to the homeland from August 27 to September 3, the overseas Vietnamese will partake in a series of events such as paying floral tributes to heroic fallen soldiers, visiting the mausoleum of late President Ho Chi Minh and the Presidential Palace and offering incense to the late President at the K9 historical site and late General Vo Nguyen Giap. They are expected to attend a parade to celebrate 70 years of the August Revolution and National Day. The delegates will be welcomed by leaders of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee. The expatriates will then visit several historical … [Read more...]

Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarang visits HCM City

(VOV) - On August 26, Indian Coast Guard Ship Sarang (meaning ‘Hawk’ in Sanskrit) with 140 soldiers and crew members on board docked at Nha Rong Wharf in Ho Chi Minh City on a five-day goodwill visit. Commanding Officer of the vessel, Deputy Inspector General Naresh Kumar Kaul, and representatives of the Consul General of India in HCM City were present to offer hospitality to the guests on the quarterdeck. The guest list was impressive including heavyweights from across the political spectrum from a strong Vietnam Ministry of Defence presence including representatives from the Army, Coast Guard and Border Guard along with representatives of the HCM City People’s Committee. This periodical visit by the Indian Coast Guard Ship symbolizes the fine cooperation among the coast guard forces and heightened solidarity and friendship among the peoples of the two nations. It also offers a good opportunity for young soldiers to share experiences, improve their professional … [Read more...]

Exhibition highlights national pride

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh and leaders attend in the exhibition yesterday. (Photo:SGGP)

An exhibition named "Vietnam's historic road of 70 years" which opened at the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi on August 25 to mark the upcoming National Day (September 2). Nearly 1, 500 books, magazines, newspapers, photos and documentations displayed in the exhibition were selected from two million documentations at Vietnam National Library, the Center for National Archives and Records, Vietnam History Science Association and other agencies. Most of the documentations illustrated August Revolutionary, National Day, President Ho Chi Minh with national liberation and construction during past 70 years under leadership of Vietnam Communist Party and late President Ho Chi Minh. It noted that French historian Philip De Viler presented the collection of photos to the Vietnamese government. The exhibition is considered as a meaningful activity to not only educate young general love for the country, national pride and peace desire but also express deep gratitude to martyrs who laid … [Read more...]