Party chief: Nation keeps in mind sacrifices of revolutionary contributors

The Party leader was addressing a grand ceremony in Hanoi on July 27 to mark the 70th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27), which saw the attendance of leaders and former leaders of the Party, State, Government, National Assembly and Vietnam Fatherland Front, along with Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, veterans, relatives of martyrs and revolutionary contributors, among others.  Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong speaking at the ceremony    He said millions of people laid down their lives for national independence and freedom, as well as peaceful and happy lives of the people. The Party chief underlined the tradition of “When drinking water, remember its source” and recalled late President Ho Chi Minh’s care for war invalids and martyrs’ families. Over the past 70 years, especially during 30 years of reform, the Party and State have paid heed to the work by issuing a range of guidelines, policies and laws. More than 9 million revolutionary contributors have benefited from preferential policies, while over 4 million contributors were presented with orders, medals and other noble titles, he added. From 2007-2016, over 182,000 houses of gratitude were built and upgraded, and more than 133,000 savings books were granted to families of revolutionary contributors, Party General Secretary Trong noted. “Caring and improving the material and spiritual lives of war invalids, families of martyrs and revolutionary contributors are the consistent guideline of our Party and State, and the tradition of our…... [read more]

Particularly, on July 26, Politburo member and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan visited and presented gifts to Vietnamese heroic mother Nguyen Thi Kich in Tan An Hoi commune, Ms. Khai Thi Roi, wife of martyr Bui Van Tha, in Tan Thong Hoi commune, and wounded soldier Tran Vay in Tan Thach Tay commune, Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (1st from right) inquiring after a national contributor in HCM City Talking with the contributors, the NA leader affirmed that the Party, State and people always bare in mind the great contributions of wounded and sick soldiers, fallen soldiers’ families, national contributors and their families to the national independence and reunification. The NA Chairwoman also offered incense at Cu Chi District Martyrs’ Cemetery and Ben Duoc Memorial Temple in Cu Chi district. The same day, Politburo member and NA Permanent Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong and a delegation of legislators paid homage to fallen soldiers at some war cemeteries in Quang Tri province, and visited and presented gifts to local national contributors.  Attending a Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference to review gratitude movement over the past time, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, Politburo member and Foreign Minister, extended greetings to national contributors and their relatives who are working in the ministry. He also praised the ministry’s efforts in conducting gratitude activities. Meanwhile, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam visited and presented gifts to…... [read more]

The programme featured historical relic sites across the country, including Bac Son Martyrs Monument in Hanoi, Ben Duoc Martyrs Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, 27/7 National Historical Relic Site in the northern province of Thai Nguyen and Ancient Citadel in the central province of Quang Tri. Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (1st from right) presents flowers to Vietnamese Heroic Mothers and revolutionary contributors   Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, along with veterans, revolutionary contributors and Vietnamese Heroic Mothers attended the event. The programme opened with a candle-lighting ceremony in memory of martyrs who laid down their lives for national independence and freedom. War Invalids and Martyrs Day was observed for the first time 70 years ago at the 27/7 National Historical Relic Site in Hung Son commune, Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province. Notably, the Quang Tri Ancient Citadel witnessed a fierce struggle to protect the citadel and Quang Tri township in 1972. Thousands of soldiers sacrificed during the 81-day battle. The fight contributed to Vietnam’s triumph at the Paris Conference and was a prerequisite for the General Offensive and Uprising in 1975, which liberated the South and reunified the country. The programme also featured Con Dao prison in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, where more than 20,000 prisoners were detained through its 113-year history. Among the 1,921 graves of martyrs in…... [read more]

We, today’s generation of the Vietnamese people, are well implementing President Ho Chi Minh’s teaching: “Sick soldiers, wounded soldiers, families of servicemen and martyrs are those who have made great contributions to the Fatherland and people. Therefore, we all feel duty bound to pay gratitude, love and support them.” In the reality, the Party, State and people always respect and highly value the great contribution and sacrifice of troops and people who have devoted their youth, flesh and blood, and even their lives to the Fatherland. The Party and State has given first and foremost priority to the policy for national contributors, and paid due attention to educating people from all walks of life, particularly young ones, about sense of responsibility, duty and gratitude to national contributors.  (Photo for illustration) Although the country’s economy faces difficulties, the Party and State always take good care of national contributors, promote gratitude activities, issue more favorable policies for national contributors, and restlessly improve living conditions of national contributors. Party committees and authorities from the Central level to local one earmark a considerable amount of resources for searching and collecting remains of martyrs as well as building and upgrading cemeteries of martyrs and other memorial projects. As a result, pay-back movements have been developing in depth and width, and now become a national cultural beauty and humane feature continuously upheld by the whole people and society. In spite of the great effort of the Party and State,…... [read more]

NDO - A number of activities have been organised across the country to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27, 1947-2017). The Party Committee, People’s Committee and People's Council of Ho Chi Minh City on July 27 organised a ceremony to present the State title of “Vietnamese Heroic Mother” to 59 women who lost their husbands and children during wartime. Among the awardees, only five are still alive. Addressing the awards ceremony, Politburo member and Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his deep gratitude to the mothers for their sacrifice in the struggle for national independence. The city will do its utmost to help the mothers fully benefit from social welfare policies, he noted. Ho Chi Minh City has so far awarded the title to 5,248 mothers living in the southern locality. On the same day, the southern province of Dong Thap held a ceremony to rebury the remains of 106 Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who laid down their lives in Cambodia during wartime. The remains were found in the Pray Veng and Pursat provinces of Cambodia in the 2016-2017 dry season by Group K91 of the Dong Thap Military Command. Also on July 27, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the southern province of Vinh Long opened an exhibition of portraits of Vietnamese Heroic Mothers in the province. The exhibition features 101 portraits of heroic mothers, painted by Tran Minh Thai, a member of the Vietnam…... [read more]

NDO - The Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27) has been a great national holiday over the past 70 years and is an opportunity for Vietnamese people to express their deep gratitude to the heroes, martyrs, wounded and sick soldiers, Heroic Vietnamese Mothers and policy beneficiary families for their great sacrifices and contributions to national independence and reunification. The fine tradition is a symbol of the principle of 'when drinking water, remember its source' which has been upheld and promoted from generation to generation. In June 1947, President Ho Chi Minh instructed the government to choose a day of the year as the 'Day of War Invalids' so that the people would have an opportunity to show their gratitude for war invalids, families of martyrs and national contributors. Following his instructions, a meeting was held in Phu Minh commune, Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province, through which July 27 was selected as the National Day of Wounded Soldiers and the day was marked for the first time in 1947. In 1955, the National Day of Wounded Soldiers was renamed the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day. In his letter written on the first commemoration of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day, Uncle Ho wrote that "Wounded soldiers are the ones who have sacrificed their families and their lives to protect the nation and the people. They were sick and invalid for the sake of the motherland and the people, therefore, the motherland and the people should be eternally grateful and support…... [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/ VNA – The Party and State always pay great attention to caring for wounded and sick soldiers, as well as the families of the martyrs, who laid down their lives for national independence, freedom and peace, President Tran Dai Quang has said. The President made the remark in a piece of writing on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Wounded Soldiers and Martyrs' Day (July 27), in which he praised the great contributions of revolutionary contributors and highlighted the tradition of taking care of those who have made significant contributions to the nation. Policies, regulations and communications campaigns on supporting national revolutionary contributors, both in terms of health care and education, have been implemented effectively throughout the localities, he said. Cemeteries and monuments dedicated to martyrs nationwide have been upgraded and embellished, while the search for, collection and identification of the remains of martyrs has been carried out with the greatest efforts, he added. Apart from presenting gifts to wounded and sick soldiers and their relatives, many organisations and individuals have actively joined in with movements to help improve the spiritual and material lives of revolutionary contributors. Thanks to tireless efforts, up to 97 percent of the families of revolutionary contributors have a living standard that is equal to or higher than the average in their residential areas. Many families of revolutionary contributors have made remarkable achievements in poverty reduction and economic development, contributing to the national socio-economic development. In his writing, President…... [read more]

An art show at the artistic program The program aimed to pay tribute to martyrs, sick and wounded soldiers, Vietnam heroic mothers and those sacrificing their youth for the national independence and freedom on the occasion of the 70th Vietnam Day for Wounded and Fallen Soldiers (July 27, 1947 - 2017). The program also aimed at arousing the national pride and glorious history of the country while strengthening the education of revolutionary ideology among younger generations, reminding today’s generations of the great sacrifices and losses of previous generations in firmly protecting the Fatherland. Over the past 70 years, the Party, State and people of Vietnam have always born deeply in mind the sacrifices of national contributors and well carried out preferential policies towards those who made great contributions to the country, firmly safeguarding the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Gratitude activities are now regularly carried out by all ministries, sectors and the whole society. At the program, the organizers also presented 30 savings books and scholarships to needy sick and wounded soldiers, families of martyrs and children of national contributors keen on study. The exchange helps younger generations be stronger and make more contributions to the nation * The same evening, in Ho Chi Minh City, an artistic exchange was held by the Traditional Club of the former Youth Union Organization of the agencies under the Central Office for South Vietnam, the Committee of the…... [read more]

Mr. Tran Thanh Man presenting a gift to a national contributor in Ha Nam province The proceeds were revealed at a meeting to review the implementation of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee’s movement on July 24 in Hanoi. According to the committee, the movement has attracted active participation of provinces, cities, and organizations with many impressive initiatives and programs for national contributors. During the three-month long movement, 46 provinces and cities built or repaired nearly 19,000 gratitude houses, and presented about 208,000 gifts to national contributors. Most wounded and sick soldiers in convalescent centers have received wheelchairs. Addressing the meeting, Tran Thanh Man, member of the Party Central Committee, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFFCC), said that the movement’s outcomes showed the sentiment and responsibility of younger generations to older ones  who wholeheartedly devoted to the national independence. He considered the movement a golden chance to promote patriotism, national pride, and the gratitude tradition of the Vietnamese people. In the coming time, the VFFCC will work with ministries and agencies to contribute constructive ideas for policies for national contributors to the Party and State and promote information dissemination on the outcomes of work for wounded and fallen soldiers and those who had rendered good service to the nation. In addition, localities across the country will focus on raising living standards of national contributors and create favorable condition for wounded and sick soldiers and fallen soldiers’…... [read more]

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