Online exhibition features life and career of General Vo Nguyen Giap
An online exhibition featuring the life and works of late General Vo Nguyen Giap will open this weekend in Hanoi to mark his 110th birthday (August 25).
|General Vo Nguyen Giap (second from right) and other members of the Vietnam Central Military Commission. — VNA/VNS File Photo|
The virtual event is held by the Thang Long-Hanoi Heritage Conservation Centre to honour the legendary general’s great contributions to the national liberation cause.
Some 200 documents and photos about the General's life and service in Vietnam People's Army will be displayed at the exhibition in three major themes of Từ Nhân Dân Mà Ra (Originated from People), Người Anh Cả của Quân Đội Nhân Dân Việt Nam (The Eldest Brother of the Vietnam People's Army) and Di Sản Của Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp (The Legacy of General Vo Nguyen Giap).
In particular, a secret dispatch handwritten by General Giap on April 7, 1975, urging military units to exert every effort to liberate the south of Vietnam will be showcased at the exhibition.
Visitors will also have a chance to look back at the heroic revolutionary traditions of the Vietnam People's Army associated with General Giap, a loyal revolutionary soldier, an excellent and close disciple of President Ho Chi Minh and the “eldest brother” of the Vietnam People’s Army.
General Giap, whose real name is Vo Giap (alias Van), was born in Loc Thuy Commune, Le Thuy District, the central province of Quang Binh on August 25, 1911. He passed away in Hanoi on October 4, 2013, at the age of 103.
The General's military career started with his appointment to lead the first Vietnamese revolutionary army unit with only 34 soldiers in 1944. He then became the commander-in-chief of the Vietnam People’s Army and led the Vietnamese people's army from victory to victory during the resistance war against French colonialists and then American imperialists.
|General Vo Nguyen Giap (right) and President Ho Chi Minh (left). — VNA/VNS File Photo|
The general was famous for leading the victorious Dien Bien Phu campaign in 1954, which contributed to the country’s liberation from French colonialism.
To the Vietnamese people, he was not only a wartime hero but also an icon who dedicated his life to the development of the country. Millions of people lined up streets across the country in mourning after his death in 2013 and millions more have visited his final resting place in Quang Binh.
He once served as a Politburo member, Secretary of the Central Military Commission, Standing Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Defence, Commander-in-Chief of the Vietnamese People’s Army and a National Assembly deputy from the first to seventh tenures.
Source: Vietnam News
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