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Ho Chi Minh City debuts road renamed after late Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

Ho Chi Minh City debuts road renamed after late Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

Thursday, August 24, 2023, 11:06 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City debuts road renamed after late Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap
A new sign of Vo Nguyen Giap Road is installed in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee organized a road renaming ceremony for a section of Hanoi Highway, which was renamed after late General Vo Nguyen Giap, on Wednesday morning.

The stretch between Thu Duc Intersection in Thu Duc City and the Saigon Bridge is now Vo Nguyen Giap Road.

The event marked the 112th birthday of late General Vo Nguyen Giap, who died in 2013.

Ho Chi Minh City Vice Chairman Duong Anh Duc delivers his speech at the street renaming ceremony for a Hanoi Highway section, which is now Vo Nguyen Giap. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Duong Anh Duc delivers his speech at the road renaming ceremony for a Hanoi Highway section, which is now Vo Nguyen Giap. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Speaking at the event, Ho Chi Minh City vice-chairman Duong Anh Duc praised late General Vo Nguyen Giap for his contributions to the country’s liberation and unification.

He led the Vietnam Army to defeat French and U.S. invaders in 1954 and 1975, respectively.

He directly commanded major operations including the Dien Bien Phu in 1954 and Ho Chi Minh campaigns in 1975.

He also made significant contributions to Vietnam’s development process.

“The road renaming will form a line of three connected major routes, namely Hanoi Highway, Vo Nguyen Giap, and Dien Bien Phu, in association with a historic figure,” said Duc.

“This [renaming] is expected to contribute to educating young people about Vietnam's history and culture, while promoting patriotism and national pride among future generations,” he underlined.

He asked the Thu Duc City People’s Committee to work with relevant agencies to inform residents of the newly-renamed road and help them update their documents that are affected by the relabeling.

Vo Hanh Phuc, daughter of late General Giap, said that her family was touched by the road renaming.

The new road name is truly meaningful to her family.

Hundreds of adults and students in the city crowded the area where the road renaming ceremony took place on Wednesday morning, showing their deep gratitude to the legendary general.

The newly-renamed route spans some 7.8 kilometers, while the remaining section of Hanoi Highway stretches from Thu Duc Intersection to Bien Hoa City in Dong Nai Province.

Officials make a symbolic gesture to rename a Hanoi Highway section after late General Vo Nguyen Giap. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

Officials make a symbolic gesture to rename a Hanoi Highway section after late General Vo Nguyen Giap. Photo: Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre

A section of Hanoi Highway is renamed Vo Nguyen Giap Street. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A section of Hanoi Highway is renamed Vo Nguyen Giap Road. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Vo Nguyen Giap was born on August 25, 1911 in Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province, located in the north-central region of Vietnam.

He started his career as a history teacher before joining the army to become a legendary general.

General Giap served as deputy prime minister and national defense minister since national reunification in 1975 till 1980.

In 1981-1991, he was deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers.

The general is credited as one of the great men of the world in encyclopedias of many countries, including the U.S..

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Tieu Bac – Thu Dung / Tuoi Tre News

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