Nation marks 50th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh Trail at Sea

Vietnam Television and the Vietnamese Navy held a live broadcasting program on Sunday night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Trail at Sea, Oct. 23.

The three locations for the live TV program was the northern port city of Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City and Ca Mau Province in the south.

Former Naval officers Huynh Hua (C) and Ho Kiem in Ho Chi Minh City tell stories about their missions during the Vietnam Television live broadcasting program on Sunday night to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Trail at Sea. (Photo: Nha Doan)

The program recalled history that on Oct. 23, 1961, the Ministry of Defence decided to establish the military transportation team 759 to embark on a new strategy – the Ho Chi Minh Trail at Sea – to carry soldiers and weapons to the southern battlefields, especially places where the Ho Chi Minh Trail land route on the Truong Son Mountain Range could not reach. During the 14 years from 1961 to 1975, officials and soldiers of teams 759 and 125 of the Naval Service on unmarked ships engaged in heroic exploits.

Various former Naval soldiers now aged took part in the TV program in the three locations as real figures to tell stories about the legendary trail at sea and their missions.

Also on Sunday, the central province of Quang Ngai held a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ho Chi Minh Trail at Sea.

The central province of Quang Binh also saw various activities held to celebrate the anniversary.

In Khanh Hoa Province, also in the central region, a service was held in Ninh Hoa Town to commemorate 14 Vietnamese soldiers who sacrificed during a weapon transportation mission on Ho Chi Minh Trail at Sea in March 1968.

By staff reporters, translated by Tran Nga

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