The weather in Hanoi in these May days seems to be clearer and brighter. The sun shines more brilliantly. More and more people will visit President Ho Chi Minh’s relics at the Presidential Palace to mark his birthday.
Bui Kim Hong, director of the relics, said that from 1969 to 2006, more than 40 million people, including 4,100,940 foreigners, visited the President Ho Chi Minh relics and Uncle Ho’s stilt house. Many of them showed their respect, sentiment and feeling about Uncle Ho. This has contributed to strengthening the relationships with international friends.
A representative from the United Nations wrote his feeling after the visit: the simple life of President Ho Chi Minh and his closeness to people is the specificity of his love for the country. No one who visits this simple living place can’t not be moved with the greatness of a person who became a legend in his simple daily life.
After the visit to President Ho Chi Minh relics, Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh wrote that the working and living place of President Ho Chi Minh and precious documents and objects kept here are special cultural relics of the country. This is invaluable cultural property of the nation, and has significance to international friends. What Uncle Ho left reflected the great revolutionary cause of a person who devoted his life to people and international solidarity, a great personality of the Vietnamese great cultural activist.
* You have many memories about international friends’ sentiment for Uncle Ho?
For representatives from communist parties, progressive political parties in third world countries, organizations that are fighting for national independence, progress and prosperity, the example of Uncle Ho encourages the great spirit of international peace for the lofty common good of the communist movement.
Most leaders of states who visited Vietnam arranged their time so as to admire the stilt house and bow their heads to the symbol of the true, the good and the beautiful President Ho Chi Minh.
I remembered that when visiting the stilt house, the Chairman of the Thai National Assembly said that visiting the living and working place of President Ho Chi Minh, we understood the immortal life of a leader who sacrificed for democratic independence and the true happiness of the Vietnamese people. He devoted his whole life to the nation without thinking of money and fame. His noble ideal is worthy as an example to leaders in the world as well, as politicians to study. Because if they strive as he did, humanity will have a happy life. It is hoped that relics and the great ideals of President Ho Chi Minh will be preserved forever as a symbol to remind and encourage everyone who is seizing power to follow President Ho Chi Minh – the most excellent and humane person on the globe.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea said that the stilt house was the place to study precious revolutionary traditions and a school to educate on ideology for generations to come. Vietnamese people gave birth to a talented leader who brought fame to the nation. His noble career would be handed down in the heart of heroic Vietnamese people.
* The relics have received great care and investment by the party and state. What will the relics do to further preserve and promote their values in the coming time?
It can be said that there is no relic that has a special and important significance like the relics of the Presidential Palace. All scenery, objects and documents related to President Ho Chi Minh’s life and career from 1954 to 1969 have been preserved. Many projects to upgrade the relics have been carried out.
The Minister of Culture and Information approved a project to preserve, upgrade and promote the values of President Ho Chi Minh’s relics at the Presidential Palace in order to preserve historical relics about Uncle Ho and ensure the restoration of documents and objects related to him, and create conditions for the promotion of their value. It is certain that the relics can welcome an average of 2.5 to 3 million visitors.
* The relics attract more visitors also thanks to the dedication and silent contribution of staff. What can you tell us about this?
Over the past 38 years, the staff has been presented noble awards such as the third class Independence Medal, the first class Labor Medal, and the second class Independence Medal.
In addition, the staff also participated in research about Uncle Ho’s life, career and ideology. Dozens of books introducing the President’s living and working place were published. Hundreds of articles about the relics were printed and updated. Hundreds of seminars, talks and exchanges were held. This has helped Vietnamese and foreign people understand more about the great patriotic person of the Vietnamese nation.
To mark the 117th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birth and respond to the movement to study and follow his example in morals, two books entitled “President Ho Chi Minh and armed forces” and “President Ho Chi Minh, biography and career” were made public. The relics will coordinate with the Institute of Ho Chi Minh and party leaders to organize a seminar to study and follow President Ho Chi Minh’s example in moral on May 15.
BTA (According to Culture Newspaper)