April 23

1931

Nguyen Ai Quoc, an alias of Ho Chi Minh, wrote to the central committee of the Indochinese Communist Party informing them about the sending back of some cadres to Vietnam, and mentioning tasks needed to be done to protect the Party and to keep its secrets, and the need to report to the Communist International.

He also sought confirmation of the tasks assigned to him by the Oriental Department of the Communist International.

President Ho Chi Minh wrote: “Of the four things essential in people’s life, accommodation and travel are as important as food and clothes.”

1948

In a letter to architects at revolutionary bases to greet their conference to establish the Vietnamese Architects’ Association, President Ho Chi Minh wrote: “Of the four things essential in people’s life, accommodation and travel are as important as food and clothes. Architecture is a major field. I hope the conference will come up with practical plans suitable for the country’s current situation and construction programs appropriate for its development in future, especially in rural areas, where simple, spacious, light, and cheap houses are needed.”

1950

With its military victories, Vietnam held many prisoners of war, including French.

Rejecting claims that war prisoners were treated badly, President Ho Chi Minh told Leo Figueres, a representative of the Communist Party of France who was visiting resistance bases in Vietnam: “We are giving as good treatment as we can to French prisoners. Their meals are even better than our soldiers’.

"We understand the sufferings of French mothers and families whose sons are being held…”, he added.

1963

In a congratulatory message to the Conference of Asian and African Journalists, President Ho Chi Minh wrote: “While Asian, African and Latin American peoples are bravely fighting imperialism and colonialism to achieve national independence and peace, Asia and African journalists are closely united, using their just pens as an instrument to serve the struggle for freedom and justice and for a bright future for humankind. This is an extremely glorious task.”

In a similar message to the World Democratic Youth Union on the “Day of World Youth Fighting Colonialism and Struggling for Peaceful Coexistence,” the President wrote: “I wish you great success in your fight against imperialism and colonialism for national independence and world peace, as well as in friendly cooperation between our nations. You should strengthen unity and solidarity to ensure a victory and a bright future for younger generations.”

1967

In a letter of praise to soldiers, cadres, and people in the northern city of Hai Phong, President Ho Chi Minh wrote: “On April 20, 1967, the soldiers and people of Hai Phong achieved a glorious military victory, striking a strong blow to the escalation of war by American invaders.”

He also advised: “You should remain at high alert and develop anti-aircraft forces so that you can fight well and achieve greater victories.”

 
By Duong Trung Quoc* and co-writers
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Ngoc Dung

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