People fondly remember President Tran Dai Quang

Wednesday, 2018-09-26 16:27:08
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President Tran Dai Quang joins ethnic groups at the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Hanoi in February 2018 (Photo: VNA)
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NDO - President Tran Dai Quang passed away at 10:05am on September 21 in Hanoi. Vietnamese people across the country have expressed their deep grief over the death of the President. Nhan Dan (People) Newspaper would like to introduce the sorrow and attachment of Vietnamese people towards President Tran Dai Quang to readers.

A President who is dedicated to the nation

Reading news of President Tran Dai Quang’s death in prestigious newspapers, I couldn’t believe that it was true. Locals in my village looked forward to listening to the loudspeaker in the commune, which broadcast the evening’s news with the latest information on the President’s condition. It was a great loss for the country and is a deep sorrow for the people.

I first learned of President Tran Dai Quang when he was serving as Lieutenant General - Minister of Public Security.

People in An Giang province had the honour of welcoming President Tran Dai Quang one month ago during his attendance at the celebration of the 130th birth anniversary of late President Ton Duc Thang.

Through images on mass media, I recognised that although the President was not in good health, he made the effort to commemorate his predecessor and serve the fatherland and its people.

An Giang people would like to bid a sorrowful farewell to the State President as he goes to his final resting place.

Nguyen Van Nay, a farmer in Phu Hoi commune, An Phu district, An Giang province

President Tran Dai Quang visits residents hit by floods and rains in Hoa Khuong commune, Hoa Vang district, Da Nang city in November, 2017. (Photo:

Remember the State President’s service

On September 22, many people in Quang Thien commune, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province waited for an official announcement on the national mourning of President Tran Dai Quang. From the early morning, people cleaned up the village’s alleys to ensure that the President’s hometown would be clean during the period of national mourning.

In our eyes, the State President had a modest and friendly lifestyle whenever he visited his hometown. Despite his short trips, he spent time paying care and saluting the poor and policy beneficiary families. He also asked the district’s leaders to maintain religious solidarity and further develop the locality.

Minh Phuong, a resident in Quang Thien commune, Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province

A President with close attachment to people

Receiving the news about President Tran Dai Quang’s passing away, I and my fellow villagers felt a deep grief. During his many positions, the State President was devoted to his work and received much appreciation from his fellow countrymen and international friends.

I am impressed that during his working visits to the Mekong Delta and other regions, the President always expressed his care for the local people, particularly poor farmers, soldiers and officers in border areas and sea and islands, thus creating a close and sincere attachment and trust with people.

Through these trips, the President further understood the difficulties facing farmers in rural areas, and he worked together with leaders of the Party, Government, and local authorities to complete policies which have supported farmers in production and business, facilitated the building of new rural areas, and improved the livelihood in rural localities.

Nguyen Trong Khanh, a farmer in My Ai hamlet, My Khanh commune, Phong Dien district, Can Tho city.

President Tran Dai Quang surrounded by Hanoi students at the opening ceremony of the 2017-2018 school year in September 2017 (Photo:

Caring for the country’s future generation

As the Secretary of the residential area’s Party committee, I keep myself updated on daily news and articles on the Party and State leaders’ activities. A few days ago, I read President Tran Dai Quang’ letter of congratulations to children on the occasion of the mid-autumn festival. The letter illustrated the President’s sentiment and care for children as well as his words of encouragement for them to become good citizens who will contribute the the country’s development.

Earlier, he also showed his care for the country’s future generation in a letter to students ahead of new academic year. He also shared the joy with Chu Van An High School students at the opening ceremony of the 2018-2019 school year.

Therefore, I was surprised and upset to hear about the passing away of President Tran Dai Quang on September 21. Although he had fought against a serious illness, he had kept working constantly.

Au Xuan Kien, Secretary of the residential area No.2's Party Committee, Viet Hung ward, Long Bien district, Hanoi

Mourning the State President

I was shocked to hear that President Tran Dai Quang passed away. Less than a year ago, President Tran Dai Quang welcomed the leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific economies in the framework of the APEC 2017 Summit in Da Nang. President Tran Dai Quang used the occasion to demonstrate Vietnam's role in fostering peace and cooperation in the region, affirming the foreign policy of diversification, multilateralisation and proactive international integration.

Major Dang Anh Dung, Battalion Commander, Military Office of Lien Chieu District, Da Nang City