|The Venezuelan embassy in Ha Noi held a ceremony yesterday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of American War hero Nguyen Van Troi. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The Venezuelan embassy in Ha Noi held a ceremony yesterday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of American War hero Nguyen Van Troi, who is very familiar to the people of Venezuela.
The ceremony also marked the 50th anniversary of a campaign launched by Venezuelan guerillas to save Troi.
On October 9, 1964, Caracas guerillas abducted US lieutenant colonel Michael Smolen and held him in exchange for Troi, who had been sentenced to death by the US and the Sai Gon puppet Government for laying mines on the Cong Ly Bridge to kill US Defence Secretary Robert McNamara.
However, three days after Caracas guerillas released the US hostage (October 12), the US and the Sai Gon government executed Troi by a firing squad in order to suppress the emerging anti-US movement in Viet Nam and around the globe.
The Nguyen Van Troi campaign was an important event in the Venezuelan people's armed fight against imperial intervention in the 60s and also a milestone in the country's relationship with Viet Nam.
Addressing the ceremony, Charge d'affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy, Katiuska Maestre, hailed Troi's sacrifice as a shining example of the patriotic tradition of Vietnamese people.
The event is one of many that helped deepen ties between the people of both countries, she said. — VNS