Sai Gon Giai Phong’s community program Nghia Tinh Truong Son (Sentimental Attachment to Truong Son Road) started Sep. 15 with a music concert. Almost VND50 billion (US$2.7 million) has been raised in donations.
|Sai Gon Giai Phong Editor-in-chief Tran The Tuyen (L) and Major General Phan Khac Hy at a concert held at Hoa Binh Theater, HCM City, on Sep. 15 to kick off the community program (Photo: SGGP)|
The program aims to help veterans and voluntary youths who fought and worked on the Truong Son Road, also known as the Ho Chi Minh trail, during the war, but now live in poverty on the eastern and western sides of the Truong Son mountain range.
Launching the program, Sai Gon Giai Phong editor-in-chief Tran The Tuyen said: “I hope all people, comrades, benefactors, enterprises, and overseas Vietnamese will show their love and responsibility to soldiers who sacrificed for the fatherland.”
Through the program, SGGP is creating an opportunity for its readers to express their gratitude to the heroes and martyrs of Truong Son road, he said.
In a letter to SGGP on August 31, Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet wrote: “The program shares the responsibility of the Party and State to take care of martyrs’ families, veterans, and people who contributed to the revolution, restore historical relics, and build monuments to the war dead on Truong Son road.”
The sums were donated by the military, firms, banks, restaurants, overseas Vietnamese as well as SGGP employees.