(HBO) – The war veterans’ association of the northwestern mountainous province of Hoa Binh on May 7 held a meeting to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Dien Bien Phu victory (May 7).

The event was attended by Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Dang Ninh, officers of the Vietnam People’s Army, Heroes of the People’s Armed Forces, Heroes of Labour, representatives of departments and agencies in Hoa Binh, and 90 war veterans and former youth volunteers and frontline porters of the Dien Bien Phu campaign.

Tran Dang Ninh, Deputy Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, presented gifts to war veterans and former youth volunteers and frontline porters of the Dien Bien Phu campaign.

Sixty-five years ago, under the Party leadership, Vietnamese army and people promptly prepared for the Dien Bien Phu campaign.

During the struggle against French colonists and the Dien Bien Phu campaign, thousands of people from Hoa Binh province voluntarily joined the army and youth volunteers as well frontline porters across battlefields. People of various ethnic groups in Hoa Binh contributed hundreds of tonnes of food and other materials to the campaign. Local armed forces and people engaged in nearly 1,800 battles, eleminated and arrested thousands of French soldiers, and seized many weapons and war equipment from the enemy.

With the great contributions, people and armed forces of Hoa Binh province, its 10 cities and provinces, and 62 communes, wards and towns have been presented with the title of "Hero of People’s Armed Forces” and other noble honours of the Party and State.

During the meeting, war veterans and former youth volunteers and frontline porters recalled the wartime. The meeting has encouraged young people to devote more to national construction and defence.

On this occasion, Ninh handed over gifts of the provincial Party Committee and People’s Committee to war veterans, former youth volunteers and frontline porters of the Dien Bien Phu campaign./.


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