Eternal flame of gratitude dedicated to wounded and fallen soldiers

Thursday, 2017-07-27 12:41:03
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NDO - The Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27) has been a great national holiday over the past 70 years and is an opportunity for Vietnamese people to express their deep gratitude to the heroes, martyrs, wounded and sick soldiers, Heroic Vietnamese Mothers and policy beneficiary families for their great sacrifices and contributions to national independence and reunification. The fine tradition is a symbol of the principle of 'when drinking water, remember its source' which has been upheld and promoted from generation to generation.

In June 1947, President Ho Chi Minh instructed the government to choose a day of the year as the 'Day of War Invalids' so that the people would have an opportunity to show their gratitude for war invalids, families of martyrs and national contributors.

Following his instructions, a meeting was held in Phu Minh commune, Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province, through which July 27 was selected as the National Day of Wounded Soldiers and the day was marked for the first time in 1947. In 1955, the National Day of Wounded Soldiers was renamed the Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day.

In his letter written on the first commemoration of Wounded and Fallen Soldiers Day, Uncle Ho wrote that "Wounded soldiers are the ones who have sacrificed their families and their lives to protect the nation and the people. They were sick and invalid for the sake of the motherland and the people, therefore, the motherland and the people should be eternally grateful and support these brave people".

While he was alive, President Ho Chi Minh always sent letters to wounded soldiers and the families of martyrs every July. He also took the lead in activities in support of national contributors.

The gifts he sent to wounded soldiers and the families of martyrs in July included essential items such as clothes, towels, cloths, medicines, and blankets, in addition to his salaries being sent to the Wounded Soldier Fund.

His practical actions helped to create a mass movement in society, attracting the participation of a large number of people from all walks of life.

According to President Ho Chi Minh, activities in support of national contributors were not only a political task or a movement, but it also demonstrated the personality of every Vietnamese citizen and the moral standards of the nation.

In his Testament, President Ho stated that the Party, Government and people have to attempt to provide accommodation and vocational training courses for those (wounded soldiers, war volunteers, among others) who bravely sacrificed their lives for the nation so that they could gradually stabilise their lives.

For martyrs, each locality (city, commune) should build a flower garden and a memorial stele to recognise their heroic sacrifice, as well as educating the people about patriotism. In addition, he also told local administrations to assist parents, wives and children of wounded and fallen soldiers by creating jobs for them in order to prevent hunger and poverty.

President Ho Chi Minh's ideas on supporting the wounded and fallen soldiers have been inherited and promoted by the Party and State over the past 70 years through many policies, practical movements and activities.

As a result, the lives of national contributors have been improved with 97% of the families of national contributors have an equal or higher living standard than the average living standard of the people in their residential areas.

On July 19, 2017, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong issued a Secretariat's Directive No. 14-CT/TW on continuing the strengthening of the Party's leadership in their work in support of national contributors, with the focus on eight key tasks.

This is the political task of the Party and the State and also the responsibility of each citizen to continue to light the flame of gratitude to those who have sacrificed and contributed greatly to the independence of the motherland.