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Vietnam marks 1972 US bombing blitz

Vietnam marks 1972 US bombing blitz

Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 20:30 GMT+7

Hanoians as well as Vietnamese people nationwide eagerly participate in socio-cultural activities this month to commemorate one of the most memorable events during the anti-US war, which was the “Hanoi-Dien Bien Phu in the Air” victory in 1972.

An exhibition opened in the capital city of Hanoi on December 11 to recall the heroic atmosphere of the 12 day-and-night battle against the US B-52 bombing of Hanoi in December 1972, the victory of which led to the end of the US ’ involvement in the war in Vietnam .

On display are nearly 100 valuable photographs and a number of documentaries highlighting the bravery and determination of resilient Hanoians in the fight to protect their skies and beloved city.

The exhibition also dedicated a space to pictures of the present capital city, giving spectators a comparative view on the city’s huge changes 40 years after the war.

A range of campaigns have also been launched nationwide to remind younger generations of the significance of the victory, thus, encouraging them to live up to their predecessors’ heroic traditions and make further contributions to the national development.

On the occasion, an underground chamber beneath Hanoi-based Thang Long Royal Citadel, the world’s cultural heritage, will be open to visitors on December 20.

The 65 sq.m. chamber, built from 1964 to 1965, served as the working office for senior officials of the Party, the Defense Ministry and the Vietnam People’s Army, during the fight against the two US bombing campaigns of northern Vietnam, the peak of which was the 1972 B52 bombing blitz in Hanoi.

In addition, a film week on this theme is scheduled to start nationwide with the screening of “Hanoi - 12 Days and Night” and “A Memory of a Time” on December 13.

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