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1924

The Communist International issued a decision that “Nguyen Ai Quoc will take a mission trip to the Chinese province of Guangzhou and the expense of the mission will be paid by the Eastern Department.”

The decision was made at the suggestion of Nguyen Ai Quoc and was backed by the Communist Party of France.  

File photo of President Ho Chi Minh

1932

Nguyen Ai Quoc attended the sixth Congress of the Communist International in Moscow, Russia. Also participating in the Congress were two other Vietnamese revolutionists: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai and Hoang Van Non.

Talking with Russian writer Ilia Erenbourg at the event, Nguyen Ai Quoc said: “I desire to return to my fatherland someday soon.”

1942

While being detained at a jail in China by the Chinese Nationalist Party, Ho Chi Minh composed a poem in Chinese, “Mid-Autumn,” to welcome the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The poem was later translated into Vietnamese by poet Nam Tran. In English it reads:

Mid-autumn night comes with all-round moon
Shedding its fine light on everything
Families are enjoying the feast
Remember me deeply sad in prison.
Autumn night comes and I’m in a cell
Moon and wind appear to be filled with sorrow
I’m not free to enjoy the moonlight outside
Only my soul flies to the autumn moon.

1945 

President Ho Chi Minh entertained US Major A. Patti and some other US officials with a dinner at 8 Ly Thai To Street, Hanoi.

Talking with the guests, he said a war between France and Vietnam was probably inevitable and expressed his regret that the US’s Office of Strategic Services unit led by the Major, which was in cooperation with Viet Minh (League for the Independence of Vietnam), would have to leave Vietnam soon.

1947

In a letter to Vo Liem Son, the chairman of the Central Committee for Caring Soldiers in Winter, President Ho Chi Minh had Mr. Son use his one month salary to buy clothes, blankets and other items for soldiers as his small but sincere gifts for them.

He wrote: “The public have donated a lot to soldiers. But the winter is coming and the country is in hardship, so I hope everybody continues to support them. Your kindhearted support will warm the cockles of their heart, giving them more spiritual strength to fight the enemy.”

1948

The President wrote a letter of praise to Ta Quang Yen, of the central Nam Dinh Province, whose four children died for the fatherland. The deceased were among the family’s eight children who served the resistance war.

In the letter, the President honored Mr. Yen’s family as “the family that has devoted itself to the country and its fame will be remembered forever.”

1952

In a congratulatory message to national children on the Mid-Autumn Festival, the President wrote: “The goal of the Government and mine is to bring a peaceful, liberal and happy life to all of you.”
He also presented them a poem:

Who loves children more than President Ho Chi Minh?
You children are obedient and very nice
Hoping you strive to study and practice
Do tasks that suit your young age
To help the resistance war and keep peace
Act however you can to deserve my nephew and nieces.

1954

In “Chinese leaders” in Nhan Dan (The People), the President wrote: “Diligence, thrift, integrity and uprightness are four virtues that Vietnamese revolutionaries must have.”

1965

President Ho Chi Minh and his close colleague, Ton Duc Thang, sent a joint-letter to praise students at Hoang Le Kha School in southern Tay Ninh Province for their contribution to the resistance war against American invaders.

Included in the letter was a poem:

The North and South will be unified
You and I will meet in our common happiness
I love and miss you a lot
Hoping each of you to be a child hero.

By Duong Trung Quoc* and his assistants
* The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly

Translated by Vinh Quang

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