NA leaders present gifts to policy beneficiary families

NDO/VNA - National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan visited and presented gifts to policy beneficiary families in Ho Chi Minh City’s outlying district of Cu Chi on July 26 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day. On behalf of Party and State leaders, the NA Chairwoman expressed profound gratitude to wounded soldiers, war martyrs and revolutionary contributors for their sacrifice and service during the cause of national liberation, construction and defence. In the afternoon of the same day, Chairwoman Ngan together with leaders of the Party, State and Ho Chi Minh City laid wreaths and offered incense at the Fallen Soldiers’ Cemetery in Cu Chi district and Ben Duoc Memorial Temple. At the temple, the top legislator visited an exhibition themed “Portraits of Ho Chi Minh City’s Heroic Vietnamese Mothers”. Ho Chi Minh City is now home to 5,184 heroic Vietnamese mothers, of whom 4,905 have passed away. The same day, NA Permanent Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong and a delegation of legislators paid tribute to fallen combatants in Trieu Phong district, at Road No.9 and Truong Son national cemeteries. They also visited the old citadel of Quang Tri. During the trip, she also visited and presented gifts to families of a local veteran and two Vietnamese Heroic Mothers. ... [read more]

NDO – A conference was held in Hanoi on July 26 to honour people who contributed great service to the nation. The conference, attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, honoured 700 outstanding war veterans, heroic Vietnamese mothers, Heroes of the People’s Armed Forces, ex-youth volunteers, and the relatives of martyrs and revolutionary contributors, representing over 9 million national contributors across the country. The event was jointly organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), Defence Ministry, Ministry of Public Security, Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper and the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee to mark the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). According to a report by the MoLISA, over 9 million national contributors have been identified, with more than 1.2 million fallen soldiers, 127,000 Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and over 800,000 wounded soldiers. Over the past five year, the relevant agencies, units and organisations have collected 75,000 sets of the remains of Vietnamese martyrs, of which 16,600 were found in Laos and 15,000 in Cambodia. The implementation of policies, towards people who contributed meritorious services to the revolution of all levels and branches, basically met the set target with 95.75% of beneficiaries having enjoyed the preferential policies of the Party and State. At the conference, 70 outstanding individuals were presented with the Prime Minister’s certificate of merit, whilst 630 others received certificates of merit from the MoLISA. Addressing the conference, on behalf of the Party, State and Government, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his…... [read more]

NDO – Sen. Lieut. Gen. Luong Cuong, Chairman of the General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA), offered incense to late Gen. Chu Huy Man, former Politburo member, Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, in Hanoi on July 25, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). >>> Party chief visits nursing centre for revolutionary contributors >>> Thanh Hoa urged to improve care for revolutionary contributors He also visited and presented gifts to Gen. Nguyen Quyet, former Vice President of the State Council and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, and Sen. Lieut. Gen. Pham Thanh Ngan, former Politburo member and Chairman of the VPA’s General Department of Politics. On behalf of the Central Military Commission and the Defence Ministry, Cuong briefed the former leaders on the country’s military and national defence activities as well as gratitude work completed by the whole army. He wished them good health and longevity to continue making precious and practical contributions to the Party’s revolutionary cause and the cause of building the Army. * On the afternoon of July 25, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh visited and presented gifts to families and revolutionary contributors benefiting from preferential policies in Binh Minh town in the southern province of Vinh Long. She also visited Vietnamese Heroic Mother Luong Thi Dinh, whose husband and children lost their lives while…... [read more]

NDO - Thanh Hoa province needs to enhance communication and implementation of the Party’s guidelines and State’s policies related to caring for policy revolutionary contributors in the coming time. The statement was made by Politburo member, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh at a conference held on July 24 in Thanh Hoa province to honour revolutionary contributors on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27, 1947-2017). On behalf of leaders of the Party and State, Deputy PM Minh extended his deep gratitude to revolutionary veterans, heroic Vietnamese mothers, sick and wounded soldiers, martyrs and the families of revolutionary contributors in the province. He affirmed that the Party and State always make significant efforts to care for sick and wounded soldiers, martyrs, heroic Vietnamese mothers and revolutionary contributors. During the two resistance wars against French colonialism and American imperialism, Thanh Hoa province upheld the patriotic tradition and made great contributions to the country’s glorious revolutionary cause, added the Deputy PM. He asked the province to make efforts to promote socio-economic development, improve the quality of local people’s lives, and that of revolutionary contributors in particular. Deputy PM Minh also noted that the relevant agencies should pay much attention to educating younger generations on patriotism, solidarity and revolutionary traditions. On the same day, the Deputy PM offered incense at the monument dedicated to heroic Vietnamese mothers and Ham Rong Martyrs’ Cemetery in Thanh Hoa…... [read more]

NDO – A wide range of meaningful activities were held throughout the country on July 24, to mark 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27, 1947-2017). Politburo member and Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh offered incense and laid wreaths at the Heroic Vietnamese Mothers’ Statue in Tam Phu commune, Tam Ky city, in the central province of Quang Nam. The Deputy PM expressed his deep gratitude for the great contributions and sacrifices made by the Heroic Vietnamese Mothers, as well as the heroic martyrs, to the nation’s independence and freedom and the people’s happiness. On the same day, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam visited and presented gifts to hero of People's Armed Forces Y Buong and Heroic Vietnamese Mother Y Noi in Dak To town, in the Central Highland province of Kon Tum. He also offered incense and flowers at the martyrs’ cemetery in Ngoc Hoi district, Kon Tum province, to pay tribute to over 1,300 fallen Vietnamese soldiers, volunteers and experts who laid down their lives on the Lao and Cambodian battlefields. In addition, Deputy PM Dan attended an inauguration ceremony for the monument in tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the Mau Than Spring campaign in 1968 and Spring-Summer Campaign in 1972, in Kon Tum province. Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam visits hero of People's Armed Forces Y Buong. (Credit: VGP) An exhibition entitled ‘Passing the war’ opened at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi on July 24, introducing…... [read more]

NDO – An arts programme, entitled ‘The Sacred World of Dong Loc’, was held at the Dong Loc T-junction historical relic site in the central province of Ha Tinh on July 23 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers' Day (July 27, 1947-2017). The programme, which was co-organised by Nhan Dan (The People’s) Newspaper, Ha Tinh province and Vietnam Television, was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Addressing the programme, member of Party Central Committee (PCC) and Editor-in-chief of Nhan Dan Newspaper Thuan Huu emphasised that the great sacrifice and contributions of heroic martyrs will be forever highlighted in the country’s history while always being remembered as a source of pride and encouragement among all generations of Vietnamese people. He also underlined the sacrifice of ten young female volunteers who laid down their lives to safeguard the transport route linking to the southern front on July 24, 1968 at the Dong Loc T-junction. The programme featured songs and dances recalling the heroic sacrifice of the young volunteers as well as praising the Party, President Ho Chi Minh and the country, as well as Ha Tinh province in particular. A performance at the programme At the programme, Chairman of Ha Tinh provincial People’s Committee Dang Quoc Khanh noted that the heroic tradition, particularly the victory of Dong Loc T-junction, has become a great spiritual resource of encouragement to the local Party, army and people to overcome all difficulties in developing the province. At the programme,…... [read more]

NDO – It is crucial to implement preferential policies and comprehensive socio-economic policies more effectively, for people who have made meritorious contributions, while providing education and vocational training for national contributors and their relatives. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc made the above requirement during a conference held in the central Quang Nam province, on July 22, to honour contributors to the national revolution on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers’ Day (July 27). At the event, the leaders of Quang Nam presented a summary of the 20 year implementation of preferential policies for national contributors in the province and honoured its localities for caring for wounded and fallen soldiers since the reestablishment of the province (1997). According to the report, Quang Nam has the largest number of policy beneficiaries across the nation, with the number of revolutionary contributors accounting for more than 23% of its population. The province has more than 65,400 martyrs and over 135,000 of their relatives; over 30,500 wounded soldiers and more than 45,300 people who have made contributions to the revolution. Notably, the province has 14,795 Vietnamese Heroic Mothers (13,881 passed away) and all of them are supported by the relevant agencies, units and enterprises. Speaking at the conference, on behalf of the Party and the State, PM Phuc showed his appreciation for the results achieved by Quang Nam in the work of paying gratitude to national contributors. The province is the first locale to advance the…... [read more]

Vietnamese people call the 7th full moon festival “Vu Lan bao hieu” (Parents' Day) or “Xa toi vong nhan” (Wandering Soul’s Day). The festival is the second largest annual traditional festival of Vietnam after the lunar New Year (Tet) festival, and it is celebrated by Vietnamese people participating in various religious rituals and humanitarian activities. From traditional customs The seventh lunar month is believed to be the time wandering souls are returning to their former homes. Ancient legend has it that a Buddha's disciple named Muc Kien Lien saw his mother suffering from hell’s tortures. Following Buddha’s advice, on the seventh full moon of the year, Muc Kien Lien gathered monks and devotees to pray for his mother’s relief. Hence, such gathering has become an annual festival to express gratitude towards parents and ancestors. During the festival, people visit pagodas and temples to worship, burn incense and offer votives to their ancestors and wandering souls. They prepare offerings of food, clothes and votive papers, and release animals like birds or fish. They also buy presents and flowers to show their deep love and gratitude towards their parents. Many people go to pagoda on this occasion, wearing either a red rose if their parents are alive or a white rose if their parents have passed away. The rose is a symbol of love and gratitude shown by every family towards their ancestors. Nguyen Thi Sen, 64, a resident of Hanoi, says her family holds a religious ritual to worship ancestors and…... [read more]

Provincial officials, Buddhist dignitaries, monks, nuns and followers burned incense and paid floral tribute to soldiers who laid down their lives on the battlefields during the past wars, leading to the liberation of the province on March 26, 1975. This is the first time Thua Thien-Hue has held a large requiem for fallen combatants. Similar masses took place at war martyrs’ cemeteries in Phong Dien and Phu Vang districts on the same day. During the war for national liberation, nearly 33,000 soldiers sacrificed their lives in Thua Thien-Hue, of whom 19,000 were born in the province. Over the past years, Thua Thien-Hue has implemented preferential policies for those who rendered great services to the nation, including heroic Vietnamese mothers. Local organisations and people have raised VND20 billion for the ‘Paying debt of gratitude’ fund, presented more than 8,500 saving books, built and repaired 5,800 houses for the beneficiaries. The province has also collected and reburied more than 27,800 sets of remains of fallen combatants at its cemeteries.... [read more]

Present at the meeting were politburo member and standing member of the Secretariat of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Central Committee, Truong Tan Sang, leaders of Party, State, NS National Assembly leaders, representatives from the Fatherland Front of Vietnam, ministries, and departments, heroic Vietnamese mothers, and many local people. Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong and General Vo Nguyen Giap sent flower tributes to the meeting. Tran Van Hang, Secretary of the Nghe An provincial Party Committee, highlighted the great contributions President Ho Chi Minh made to national independence. President Ho Chi Minh passed on a great national cause and an invaluable spiritual legacy –his thoughts and moral example, which has become a torch guiding the Vietnamese people to unite as one, and overcome all difficulties to make Vietnam a rich people, strong country and an equitable, democratic and civilised socialist society. Being the proud of birthplace of President Ho Chi Minh and worthy of his sentiment for the fatherland, Nghe An contributed greatly to the past revolutions and has made significant progress in the renewal process. Its GDP growth rate reached an annual 10.3 percent and the annual food output hit one million tones. Infrastructure, especially transport, irrigation and telecommunications have been improved and the number of poor households has dropped significantly. ***On the same day, Nghe An province and the Ministry of Information and Communications published a collection of stamps to mark the President Ho Chi Minh’s…... [read more]

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