War seminar remembers ‘Great Spring Victory’

A seminar on the military offensive that ended the Vietnam War and reunified a country split in half by imperial powers opens today, April 20, at Thong Nhat (Reunification) Hall in Ho Chi Minh City.

A liberation army tank knocks down the main gate of the Saigon regime’s presidential palace on April 30, 1975, marking the victory of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign, which liberated southern Vietnam. The palace was later renamed Thong Nhat (Reunification). (File photo) 

The seminar, “Great Spring Victory 1975: Strength of National Unity in the Ho Chi Minh Era,” features displays and demonstrations by ministry officials, military commanders, local government leaders, professors and historians.

More than 20 presentations are featured at the event organized by the General Political Department at the Defense Ministry, and the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee’s Commission for Propaganda and Education, said Lieutenant General Nguyen Tuan Dung, deputy head of the General Political Department.

The presentations detail the history and significant of the offensive, often referred to as the “Ho Chi Minh Campaign,” in the spring of 1975 that saw the liberation of the south from the Saigon regime installed by the French and Americans and the reunification of Vietnam under one flag.

The event includes exhibits on the Vietnamese military arts, the patriotic tradition and unyielding will of the Vietnamese people, and Vietnamese culture in the Ho Chi Minh era, said General Dung.

The exhibits also focus on the great strength of the national unity under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and late President Ho Chi Minh, he added.

By Doan Hiep – Translated by Truc Thinh

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