President hails Truong Son veterans
|President Truong Tan Sang meets with war veterans and former youth volunteers on the 55th anniversary of the Traditional Day of Truong Son Soldiers. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang said war veterans and former young volunteers would continue to inspire young generations.
Sang was speaking at a function to welcome the Truong Son-Ho Chi Minh Trail Tradition Association in Ha Noi yesterday to mark the 55th anniversary of Traditional Day of Truong Son Soldiers on May 19.
He said the Party and State were always grateful to war heroes for risking their lives for national independence and reunification.
Established in 2011, the association started out as Battalion 559 on May 19, 1959. It won a legendary victory along the Truong Son route,known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail, during the anti-US war.
The association has developed into a network of chapters across 47 cities and provinces and has nearly 300,000 members.
The recent charity event Nghia tinh Truong Son (Sentimental attachment to Truong Son) raised nearly VND50 billion (US$238,000).
This led to 700 new bank accounts being set up for the families of war heroes, Agent Orange victims and the poor. — VNS