Ho Chi Minh’s personality is of a great historical significance and has created a spiritual strength for our Party, people and army to overcome challenges to gain success, Prof. Tran Van Binh, of the Ho Chi Minh City Sub-Institute of the Ho Chi Minh National Institute of Political Studies, said.
Professor Tran Van Binh (R) gives his comments about President Ho Chi Minh’s personality in Hanoi September 1 (Photo: SGGP)
He made the comment in Hanoi for a live joint-TV broadcast held in four areas, the capital, Nghe An, Hue and HCM City, to mark 40 years of implementing late President Ho Chi Minh’s testament.
The Central Committee for Propaganda and Education, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Information and Communications, the Foreign Ministry and Vietnam TV jointly organized the event.
Participating in the program were Nguyen Van Chi, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee and chairman of the Party Central Inspection Committee; To Huy Rua, Politburo member, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, and head of the Central Committee for Propaganda and Education; many officials from ministries; veteran revolutionaries; and representatives of the people from many provinces and cities.
“Forty years have passed with a good deal of turbulence in every person’s life, but there is one thing that is unforgettable to everyone: President Ho Chi Minh’s moral example,” said Prof. Binh.
“This proves that Ho Chi Minh’s personality is of a great historical significance and has created a spiritual atmosphere that protects our Party, people and army, and gives more strength to them so that they can overcome all difficulties to achieve a final victory.”
Asked about what created Ho Chi Minh’s personality, Prof. Binh said: “That personality is a combination of our nation’s characteristics, including diligence and affectionateness. From him, everyone can realize the identity of Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh’s culture is the one of tolerance and peace. His culture opened a new era: the Ho Chi Minh era.”
In Nghe An Province, artist Song Thao recalled: “I was glad to sing to the President twice: the first was when I visited his native land of Nghe An in 1961 and the second was at his office in Hanoi, where I offered him Nghe Tinh folksongs.”
She said, “The President advised that whenever I sang a folk song I must learn about our ancestors’ spiritual values and love implicated in that song. His advice has been deeply imprinted in my heart and I never forget it.”
Despite wherever he stayed, he could not forget the image of Nghe An. During his life, he wrote nine articles about his native land and sent 31 letters to the homeland.
In the last letter, he wrote: “Nghe An is a large province with plenty of natural resources, hard-working people and a high revolutionary spirit. I hope the local authorities and people try to develop the province into one of the best provinces in the north central region.”
In Thua Thien-Hue, army hero Ho Vai, who had met the late leader four times, reminisced: “The President was happy to know that the people in Southern Vietnam were persevering in fighting the enemy."
“He advised me: “You are now a cadre. You must avoid committing any wrongdoings to the people and you must try your best to fulfill any tasks, no matter how hard they are.”
In HCM City, besides the TV program, a ceremony was held at the Nha Rong Memorial House in commemoration of President Ho Chi Minh.
The ceremony was led by the HCM City Party Committee Secretary, Le Thanh Hai. The delegation included Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong, former Vice President Truong My Hoa, and many city officials.
They laid a wreath and gave incense to the late leader’s altar.