[News] Vietnam honors General Vo Nguyen Giaps 100th birthday
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Photos honor General Vo Nguyen Giaps 100th birthday
VietNamNet Bridge - Vo Nguyen Giap, the first
General of the Vietnam Peoples Army and the
highly talented Commander-in-Chief during the two
resistance wars, against the French colonialists
and the US imperialists, will be 100 years old on August 25.
General Giap is the longest-living person in the military history of Vietnam.
For many years, on special holidays of the nation
and his birthday, representatives from all walks
of life visit General Giap to pay tribute to the
man who devoted his whole life for the cause of national liberation.
On August 22, President of the Vietnam Fatherland
Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, visited
General Giap and wished him a long life.
One day earlier, hundreds of military officers,
intellectuals and entrepreneurs from all parts of
the country gathered at General Giaps house in
Hanoi to congratulate him on this occasion of his 100th birthday.
They recalled unforgettable memories about the
morals and talents of General Giap, who is
informally known as Eldest Brother of the Vietnam Peoples Army.
Numerous activities are held to celebrate General Giaps birthday.
They include a meeting of Dien Bien war veterans
in Ho Chi Minh City, exhibitions of photos and
sand paintings and 3D animated film on General Giap.
The Kim Dong Publishing House launched the
pictorial book, General Vo Nguyen Giap, one
century - two long marches. Meanwhile, the Les
Indes Savantes Pari publishing house of France
issued the book Vo Nguyen Giap - a life by Alain Ruscio.
Vo Nguyen Giap is the most outstanding military
leader beside President Ho Chi Minh. He became a
general when he was 37. He commanded a series of
important campaigns during the two resistance
wars against the French colonialists and the US
imperialists, including the Dien Bien Phu Campaign in 1954.
The globe shaking Dien Bien Phu Victory is
considered as a brilliant milestone in the cause
of national liberation, marking the end of the
French imperialists power in Indochina after 83
years, inspiring national liberation movements in
colonial countries and promoting General Giap as a world military figure.
American historian Cecil Curry affirmed that
General Giap has become not only a legend, but
also a military genius in the 20th century and is
among the greatest military strategists of all time.
Deputy Director of the Vietnam Institute of
Military History, Ho Khang, said General Giap
knew to develop the tradition of the elder
generations in the new era, using the weak to
fight the strong, using a few to fight a crowd,
fighting firmly, and always winning. The moral
aim of troop commander General Giap was to
treasure each drop of soldiers blood and have
close ties with team mates and people as if they were relatives.
After the country was united, General Giap took
various important positions in different fields
and made many contributions to society.
A veteran and a photo book of General Giap
A veteran living in the central province of Quang
Binh has spent 4 years collecting photos and
articles about the life of Vietnams military
commander, General Vo Nguyen Giap, and compiled them into a book.
In Dao Thongs book which he calls a diary, the
60-year-old man gathered more than 1,000 photos
and articles from books, newspaper and the Internet.
The book arranged in chronological order gives a
look at the legendary commanders simple life,
his humility and genius in military leadership.
Thong worked very hard. He even once rode a bike
over 45 kilometers to Le Thuy town --- the
Generals hometown -- to get to know about an event related to the commander.
I used to be a soldier and I do respect our
General, so I created this book and give it to
him with all my love to him, especially on the
occasion of his 100th birthday (August 25), Thong said.
The veteran also said he will continue his work
and gather more books and photos about the General.
Activities to celebrate General Vo Nguyen Giap's 100th birthday
Photos of the legendary general have gone on
display in Hanoi to mark his 100th birthday on Thursday, August 25.
The 200 photos were selected from 500 provided by
Giap's family, individuals and military units.
The photos displayed at the exhibition are also
printed in a pictorial on the general which will be released soon.
"In the 1,000-year history of the capital, the
last 100 years were the most difficult but
glorious with the devotion of heroes like
President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen
Giap," Labor Hero Professor Vu Khieu wrote in the
pictorial. "Among the great leaders of the time,
Giap is the only one still living."
The photos are on display at Exhibition House, 45
Trang Tien Street, till September 3.
Many other activities have also been launched
before to celebrate the two special events.
The Youth Publishing House has announced to
publish a biography titled Vo Nguyen Giap the
100-year spirit capturing the life of the General since he was a child.
The book includes photos and stories by people
who are close to the General such as Tran Dai
Nghia, the founder of Vietnams modern arms
industry or Phung Chi Kien, one of his first comrades.
A very first Vietnamese 3D animated film, titled
A historical decision, on the revolutionary war
against French colonialists also features the
legendary military commander. The movie has been
finished after more than two years.
The 20-minute movie depicts the General and his
internal struggle in a charismatic leadership
that has scored the most significant victory in
modern Vietnamese history, in the battle of Dien Bien Phu.
An exhibition recalling the commanders life
through a collection of paintings made of colored
sand, by artist Y Lan, was held early this month
at the Ho Chi Minh City Exhibition and Display
House at 92 Le Thanh Ton in District 1.
Vietnam: Vietnam marks General Giaps 100 years
The famous independence hero was born August 25,
1911 in a central-north province. His name is
linked to the wars against the French, Japanese
and U.S.. He is still remembered for the battle
of Dien Bien Phu in the plain, in 1954, which
ended the war in Indochina. He is also a vocal critic of the ...
Thursday, August 25, 2011
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Hanoi - After defeating the French, Japanese and
Americans one after the other, he also seems to
have defeated time itself: General Vo Nguyen
Giap, hero of the Vietnamese, today celebrates
his 100th birthday. He was born August 25, 1911
in central-north Quang Binh province to a poor
family, composed of seven siblings, some of whom
died young. Politically active since his school
years, he was expelled from a school in Hue for
organizing student protests. But his name is tied
hand in glove with the wars in Indochina in the
second half of the 1900s, so much so that the
Vietnamese people consider him the second most
important national personality, only after "Uncle" Ho Chi Minh.
Do Quy Doan, Vice Minister of Culture, recalled
that "some of the country's most glorious and
most important events are associated with his
name and his cause." Yesterday, the four-star
general received a delegation of Communist Party
politicians and leaders, to celebrate the
centenary. He still has a colonial-style villa in
Hanoi, not far the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, in
the city center, where until three years ago he
would still receive foreign heads of state and
leaders. The official Viet Nam News Agency
reports the elderly leaders "thanks" and
"renewed commitment" to the conquest of new objectives
His most famous military conquest dates back to
May 1954, with the historical humiliation of the
French army in the Dien Bien Phu plain. General
Giap, thanks to a clever counter-offensive, cut
the trans-Alpine lines, causing them to collapse
and ending the war in Indochina. The Hanoi
government this week dedicated a photo exhibition
to his enterprise with decades-old pictures in black and white.
However, in recent years he has repeatedly
clashed with the Vietnamese government, accusing
them of promoting policies all too "pro-Chinese"
to the detriment of the country's territorial and
economic independence. Among others, the battle
against the bauxite mining program in the Central
Highlands, the exploitation of which (for the
benefit of Beijing) has provoked criticism from
scientists and environmentalists.
Finally, his accusations of corruption against
political leaders and his criticism of the
bureaucracy and the party led to his
marginalization from the political scene for the
past 25 years. In a speech to Congress in 2006 he
repeatedly insisted on the need for transparency
and democracy and decisive action against
corruption. "A party that conceals its defects is
in ruins - Giap wrote in a state newspaper - a
party that admits its mistakes and is transparent
is courageous, strong and honest."
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