At the incense offering ceremony (Photo: qdnd.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – A solemn flower and incense offering ceremony was held by the Central Military Commission under the Ministry of Defence in Hanoi on April 25 to commemorate the 100th birthday of General Van Tien Dung, an excellent commander of the country.

Van Tien Dung (or Le Hoai) was born on May 2, 1917 in Co Nhue commune, Tu Liem district, Hanoi. He took part in revolutionary activities in 1936 and was admitted to the Communist Party of Indochina in 1937.

During his revolutionary career, Dung was entrusted to hold many important positions by the Party and people such as Secretary of the Central Military Party Committee (now Central Party Commission) and Minister of National Defence.

He was an excellent student of President Ho Chi Minh and an unyielding communist who was absolutely loyal to the Party and people as well as devoted his whole life to the ideal of the Party and Vietnamese revolution.  The talented general had made significant contributions to the country’s military science.

Writing in the memorial book, Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich, who is also Vice Secretary of the Central Military Commission, highlighted that General Van Tien Dung’s substantial contributions to the struggle against French colonialism and US imperialism for national liberation as well as to developing Vietnamese military art and building stronger armed forces.

Following Dung’s example, officers and soldiers of the People’ Army of Vietnam will exert every effort to build a regular, elite and modern army, thus firmly safeguarding the national sovereignty, Lich penned.-VNA