More historical photos presented to Lao museum

Thursday, 2016-10-27 17:10:56
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More historical photos presented to Lao museum
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NDO - The Vietnamese Embassy in Laos held a ceremony in Vientiane on October 27 to present nearly 100 photos and maps on the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, to the Lao Military History Museum.

The pictures, taken by war reporters, illuminate a glorious period in history of the people and armies of Vietnam and Laos when they fought together in the war against the US under the leadership of the Labour Party of Vietnam, now the Communist Party of Vietnam, and the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party.

Addressing the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Lao Nguyen Manh Hung reviewed the historical period some 55 years ago. He said that the Ho Chi Minh - Tay Truong Son Road constitutes a shining symbol of Laos’s sacrifice and wholehearted support, and an everlasting monument of the special solidarity between the two nations.

In May 1959, the Vietnam People’s Army formed Mission 559 and tasked it to build the Ho Chi Minh Trail as a supply route for southern battlefields to aim for ultimate national independence and reunification. Due to off-road terrains, the road was constructed entirely by hand and rudimentary equipment.

In late 1960, at the permission of the Lao side, the Ho Chi Minh Trail was expanded beyond the Vietnam-Laos border to the west of the Truong Son Range, which lies on Lao territory. From 1961 to 1975, with an iron will and strong determination, the armies and people of Vietnam and Laos together built thousands of kilometers of roads to connect the north of Vietnam, the central and northern regions of Laos, Zone 5 and the south-eastern region of Vietnam, and north-eastern Cambodia.

Vietnam and Laos aligned closely to ensure the operation of the strategic road that played a decisive role in the victory against the US and significantly contributed to the 1975 victory of Vietnam and Laos.

Meanwhile, Major General Vanthong Kongmany, who is Deputy Director Genedral of the General Political Department of Lao Defence Ministry, affirmed that the photos and maps are important documents which help to educate Vietnamese and Lao officials, soldiers and people on the combat alliance in the past as well as the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. He also pledged to preserve and effectively use the documents.

Earlier, the photos and maps contributed to the success of the photo exhibition “The Legendary Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos during the 1961-1975 period” which took place in Vientiane and Savannakhet province, Laos in September, 2016.