Nation marks birth of late Party leader
NGHE AN — The 110th birthday of late Party General Secretary Le Hong Phong was marked by Party and State leaders and senior local officials yesterday in the city of Vinh in the central province of Nghe An.
"Comrade Le Hong Phong devoted his whole life to the glorious revolutionary cause of the Party and the nation," Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong told the gathering. "He was a shining example of revolutionary ethics and love for family and homeland.".
The meeting was also attended by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Phong was born in Nghe An on September 9, 1902, and was a disciple of the late President Ho Chi Minh. In the early 1930s, when the Vietnamese revolution was at an ebb, Phong and other Party members did their best to restore the revolutionary movement and uphold the indomitable fighting spirit of the Vietnamese people, confident that they would achieve final victory in the revolution. Following that dark period, Phong and other Party Central Committee members embarked on the establishment of the Indochinese Democratic Front.
Phong was an outstanding international activist, successful in combining national patriotism with an international spirit and finding common cause between the Vietnamese revolution and global revolutionary movements.
"In his lifetime, he always put the interests of the revolution above his and his family's interest and happiness," Trong said. "His enthusiasm and Communist heart was devoted to the Party and the people."
Trong also took the occasion to reiterate Party commitment to Party Central Committee Resolution No 4 on the fight against corruption, degradation of political ideology, individualism, excess bureaucracy, and other negative phenomena.
"We vow to make our Party purer and stronger and a more clearsighted leader in building Viet Nam into a socialist country with a prosperous people, a strong, democratic, fair and civil nation in line with the Resolution of the 11th Party Congress," Trong said.
Nghe An Provincial Party Committee secretary Phan Dinh Trac also vowed to follow Phong's bright example in reaching the the six major goals of the province in socio-economic development, culture, education, science and technology, Party building, and a clean and strong political system. Trac hoped that, by 2015, the living conditions of the people of Nghe An would be improved.
Trong and the other leaders yesterday also offered floral tributes and burned incense at a memorial site for Phong at his birthplace in Hung Nguyen District's Hung Thong Commune. – VNS