Tuesday, 19 May 2009


"My only desire is that all of our Party and people,
closely united in struggle, construct a peaceful,
unified, independent, democratic and prosperous,
and make a valiant contribution to the world Revolution."
(Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, May 10, 1969)

Writings of Ho Chi Minh

President Ho’s birthday, Ho Chi Minh
Trail anniversary

CP of Vietnam

A grand meeting was held in Hanoi on May 18 to mark the
119th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday and
the 50th anniversary of the legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Addressing the event, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu
Trong expressed the Vietnamese people’s heartfelt gratitude
toward President Ho – “the great leader of the Party and
nation, the hero of the national liberation movement and
the world cultural activist, who founded and trained the
Party and State.”

“We also remember and owe a deep debt of gratitude to our
fellow countrymen, comrades and volunteer soldiers who
sacrificed their lives on the Ho Chi Minh Trail for the
cause of national liberation,” said Mr Trong.

He thanked the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba, Laos,
Cambodia and many other international friends for their
whole-hearted support and effective assistance to Vietnam
during the resistance war against US imperialists.

He praised Army Corps 12 for their outstanding achievements
during the past 50 years.

Fifty years ago, Army Corps 12 (now Truong Son Civil
Engineering Corporation), was assigned to open a strategic
artery through the Truong Son Mountain Range to transport
troops and cargo to the southern front.

“Though time flies, the legend of the Ho Chi Minh Trail
still lives on as the pride of the nation and goes down in
history as a glorious feat of arms by the Vietnamese people
during the great war of resistance against US
imperialists,” said Mr Trong. “The great magnitude and
valuable lessons drawn from opening and maintaining the
trail are of practical significance not only to the past
struggle for national liberation but also to the current
cause of national construction and defence.”

The NA Chairman reviewed the tremendous achievements
Vietnam has made during the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, and
identified difficulties and challenges facing the country
in the new era.

“In the light of the Resolutions of the 10th National Party
Congress, the entire Party, people and army try our best to
overcome difficulties and challenges, accelerate national
industrialisation and modernisation and international
integration so as to lift Vietnam out of its underdeveloped
nation status and become an industrial nation by 2020,”
said Mr Trong.

He asked the army to modernise itself to become the
mainstay of the Party and State.

He presented the Military Exploit Order, second class, to
Army Corps 12 in recognition of its outstanding
achievements in building the people’s army and
strengthening national defence, contributing to the cause
of socialist construction in Vietnam.

In his speech, Minister of Defence Gen. Phung Quang Thanh
attributed the victory of the Ho Chi Minh Trail to the
clear-sighted leadership of the Party and President Ho,
saying it is a bright symbol of the revolutionary heroism
of the Ho Chi Minh Era and the earnest desire of the
Vietnamese people for national independence, freedom and
unification towards socialism.

“This victory could not be achieved without great support
and effective assistance from ministries, sectors and mass
organisations as well as love and assistance from people in
Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, the Vinh Linh Special Zone
and other localities where the trail runs through. This
victory is a testimony to the special solidarity of
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the fight against the common
enemy as well as the great and effective assistance from
the former Soviet Union, China, Cuba and other
international friends.”

Dong Sy Nguyen, former commander of Truong Son soldiers,
recalled the glorious moments and exploits of his soldiers
50 years ago.

With a total length of nearly 20,000km encompassing
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the Ho Chi Minh Trail formed a
strategic transport artery, comprising 26 land routes on
the eastern and western parts of the Truong Son Mountain
Range, more than 1,400km of oil pipelines and a system of
6,000km long waterway transport routes.

For their outstanding achievements, many collectives and
individuals of Army Corps 12 have been awarded high
distinctions from the Party and State, including the title
“The Hero of Armed Forces”, the Ho Chi Minh Order and the
Gold Star Order.

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