Ha Noi marks battle's 40th anniversary
HA NOI (VNS)— Several cultural activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the historic battle against US B-52 bombers in December 1972 will be held in the capital city until the end of this year.
The 12-day battle, dubbed Ha Noi – Dien Bien Phu in the Air, captured the spirit of Viet Nam's epic battle against the French army in the northern mountains of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.
The victory forced the US to sign the Paris Agreement in 1973, and totally withdraw their forces from South Viet Nam leading to the liberation of Sai Gon and national reunification two years later.
A publication compiling poems and short stories about the victory by Hanoian poets and writers will be released as part of the celebration.
Exhibitions showcasing objects and documents related to the battle will be held in the Air Force Museum (171 Truong Chinh Street), the Museum of the Victory over B-52s (157 Doi Can Street), and the Viet Nam Military History Museum (28A Dien Bien Phu Street).
Paintings and sculptures depicting the battle will be shown at the exhibition houses at 93 Dinh Tien Hoang Street and 16 Ngo Quyen Street. The displays will showcase more than 300 paintings and 30 sculptures by members of the Ha Noi Fine Arts Association.
Workshops on the topic Ha Noi – Dien Bien Phu in the Air – Victory of the Belief and Will, to be held in November and December, will gather hundreds of scholars, historians and researchers.
A national-level grand celebration will be organised at the convention hall of the Ministry of Defence on December 12. — VNS