Candle lighting commemorates fallen soldiers in Dien Bien Phu battle
Updated : Monday, May 07, 2018 11:00 AM (GMT+0700)

Candleswere lit at Martyrs’ Cemetery A1 in Dien Bien Phu city of northern Dien Bienprovince on May 6 evening to pay tribute to fallen soldiers on the occasion ofthe 64th anniversary of Dien Bien Phu Victory (May 7, 1954-2018).

Delegates and youths pay tribute to martyrs - Source: VNA

At the ceremony, over 150youths also laid a wreath at the monument and offered incenses at all tombs inthe cemetery.

The activity showed theprofound gratitude of Vietnamese people in general and Dien Bien youths inparticular for the soldiers who laid down their lives for national independenceand freedom.

Martyrs’ Cemetery A1, builtin 1958, houses 644 martyr tombs, only four of which were engraved with thefull names of the martyrs: To Vinh Dien, Be Van Dan, Phan Dinh Giot and TranCan.

Also on May 6 evening, theprovincial People’s Committee organised an art programme at Square May 7.

The programme attracted theparticipation of nearly 100 artists who performed songs and dances praising theParty, the late President Ho Chi Minh and the sacrifice of fallen soldiers.

The battle in Dien Bien occurredbetween March and May 1954 under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap. Thevictory led to the signing of the 1954 Geneva Accords in which France agreed towithdraw its forces from its colonies in Indochina.

The Dien Bien Phu Victory onMay 7, 1954 is considered a glorious “golden milestone” in the Vietnamesenation’s history of fighting foreign aggressors for national independence. Itmarked the complete collapse of old colonialism all over the world, paving theway for the movement of rising up to struggle for national liberation incolonial countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


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