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Forty years on, the capital remembers brave victims of US winter bombings

Update: December, 27/2012 - 10:06


A US aircraft was shot down in a residental area in Ha Noi in December,1972. The historical victory of the "Ha Noi - Dien Bien Phu battle in the air" stands out as a landmark in Viet Nam's national history. — VNA/VNS Photo Van Bao
HA NOI — A commemorative ceremony for the victims of US bombings in December 1972 took place yesterday at Kham Thien Memorial Site in Ha Noi's central Dong Da District.

The ceremony, organised by the Municipal Party Committee, People's Council and People's Committee of Ha Noi, was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, among others.

On the night of December 26, 1972, Ha Noi's densely-populated residential areas, including Kham Thien Street, the workers' living quarter in An Duong Street and even Bach Mai Hospital, were relentlessly attacked by a squadron of B52 bombers.

As many as 278 people, including 91 women, 40 elderly and 55 children were killed, while 178 children became orphans during the air raid.

As a tribute to the victims, a memorial was erected where number 51 Kham Thien Street once stood.

During the December 26 bombing, the house was decimated and none of the seven people living there survived.

Addressing the ceremony, Secretary Pham Quang Nghi said the historical victory of the "Ha Noi - Dien Bien Phu battle in the air" stands out as an immortal landmark in Viet Nam's national history.

He affirmed that today's Hanoians are determined to do their best to build and develop the capital city to become wealthier, more beautiful, civilised and modern.

On the same day, the Cultural Centre of Quang Ngai Province organised a photo exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of the "Ha Noi - Dien Bien Phu battle in the air" triumph.

The exhibition, which displays around 100 photos and pictures related to the battle, runs until January 16. — VNS

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