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Nation celebrates Ham Rong victory

Update: April, 05/2010 - 10:25

THANH HOA — The Ham Rong victory, which helped ensure supplies of goods and arms across Ham Rong Bridge to the southern battlefield during the American war, was significant in the nation's reunification.

President Nguyen Minh Triet made the statement during a ceremony on Saturday to mark the 45th anniversary of Ham Rong victory in Thanh Hoa Province.

 
 
Anti-aircraft gunners received the Victory Order and the Military Exploit Order for their part in the battle. — VNA/VNS Ngoc Can

Anti-aircraft gunners received the Victory Order and the Military Exploit Order for their part in the battle. — VNA/VNS Ngoc Can

 
Ham Rong Bridge in Thanh Hoa Province today, 45 years after the glorious victory over US aircraft to ensure the flow of war supplies to the south. — VNA/VNS Thanh Tung

Ham Rong Bridge in Thanh Hoa Province today, 45 years after the glorious victory over US aircraft to ensure the flow of war supplies to the south. — VNA/VNS Thanh Tung

The Ham Rong bridge was built in 1904 by the French and said to be the most modern in Indochina at the time.

It was an important route that linked the country's North and South.

In Ham Rong on April 3-4, 1965, Thanh Hoa people and soldiers shot down 47 US aircraft of the 454 sorties deployed at the time, that dropped 350 bombs on and around the bridge.

And again in 1972 the US airforce dropped some 75,000 tonnes of bomb on an around the bridge, causing serious damage. It was restored in 1973.

Since then, the bridge had become the symbol of the Vietnamese people's will to defend their country.

"Not only the pride of Thanh Hoa people," Triet said, "the Ham Rong victory was also the triumph of the people's war tactics and the Vietnamese people's staunchness, firmness and intelligence, contributing to the Great Spring Victory to liberate the South and reunify the country."

Triet applauded Thanh Hoa Province's for its achievements in overcoming difficulties and building the province after the nation was liberated 35 years ago.

He said he believed the province's authority and people would continue to develop the heroic tradition to make the province more wealthy.

Following the celebration, Triet visited the Bim Son Cement Joint Stock Company, the family of Le Thi Kim Dung, who sacrificed her life in the Nam Ngan-Ham Rong battle, and the family of Le Tho Dat, a former militiaman in the battle. — VNS

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