VietNamNet Bridge ‘ According to General Vo Nguyen Giap’s secretaries, the general is still sound in mind at the age of 102. He signed cards to present to visitors who went to Hanoi’s Army Hospital 108 to visit the general on his 102nd birthday (August 25).
Lieutenant Colonel Le Van Hai said that to thank guests who came to congratulate the General’s birthday, thank-you cards with the latest signature of General Giap were prepared as presents.
Hai said the signature was made only several days ago. ‘”Though the General’s hand quivered and the line was not sharp, it is easy to recognize the general’s handwriting,’” Hai said.
He added that thanks to the Army Hospital 108′s careful care, Genera Giap’s health is still stable and he is still sound in mind. He recognized all Party and State officials who came to the hospital to visit him.
Earlier, the General personally reviewed a short message to the national seminar on teaching and studying history at schools in Da Nang city. The General is the honorary Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Historical Sciences.
‘”The General emphasized that teaching history to the young generation is an extremely important issue for the immortality and future development of the nation. He hoped that the quality of teaching and learning history at general schools would be improved clearly,’” Hai said.
On the occasion of General Giap’s 102nd birthday, the Association of Historical Sciences and the National Museum of History organized a meeting with the people who have met with and worked with and experts who make research works of the legendary General.
Professor of History Phan Huy Le said that General Giap is among the most special generals in the world. He is the only one great general in the world who is alive. He is the only one general who has experienced the ups and downs of history in the nearly entire 20th century and the early 21st century.
He is one of several great generals who not only commanded wars of resistance but also reviewed them and summarized his experience in valuable books.
‘”He told us that understanding of and historical thinking was very useful for him in commanding the wars of resistance. He also said that there is a common point between military and history: we have to respect the truth even though the truth is bitter. We have to consider every matter based on historical viewpoint, with its dialectical development,’” Prof. Le said.
The General’s wife, Prof. Dang Bich Ha, said General Giap is a very modest person. He did not want to talk much about himself. ‘”On behalf of my husband, I would like to thank you everybody,’” Prof. Ha said
On this occasion, 102 pictures featuring the legendary General were displayed at No. 93 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi on August 25-26. The exhibition attracted a lot of Vietnamese and foreign visitors.
The pictures are selected from nearly 500 photos shooting General Giap’s meetings with veterans throughout the country, by photographer Nguyen Trong Nghi.
The photos were presented to the Museums of Truong Son and Military History and veterans who appeared in the pictures.
Compiled by P. Linh