Activities to mark 50 years of 1968 Offensive in HCM City hinh anh 1reburial ceremony for martyr remains in HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City held a reburial ceremony for remains of six martyrs who laid down their lives during the 1968 General Offensive and Uprising at Cu Chi district’s martyr cemetery.

The remains were unearthed at the former base of Y4 front surgeon team in Binh My commune, Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh City.

The reburial service showed the municipal Party Organisation, administration and people’s gratitude to and helped educate young generations about the sacrifice of the martyrs for national liberation.

The general offensive and uprising began in the early morning of January 31 in 1968 when liberation forces simultaneously launched attacks on the enemy’s bases in cities such as Hue, Da Nang, Quy Nhon and Sai Gon, and hundreds of towns from Quang Tri to Ca Mau.

The offensive helped the liberation forces destroy huge amounts of facilities and logistics used by the US and the Southern regime’s armies.

People in rural areas also took this opportunity to rise up against the US-backed administration at commune and district levels.

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Sai Gon-Gia Dinh (now HCM City), the headquarters of the US-backed Southern regime, was a focus of the offensive.

Binh My commune in Cu Chi district was the place where liberation forces stationed before launching attacks on important targets of the US forces and the US-backed Southern regime.

Nearly 300 soldiers, wounded soldiers, doctors and nurses were killed when the US forces and the Southern government bombed the front medical station based in the commune.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1968 General Offensive and Uprising, a book exhibition and exchange event themed “Memory of Mau Than Spring 1968” opened in Nguyen Van Binh book street in the city’s District 1.

People coming to the book street from January 30 to February 4 will be offered a chance to visit a book exhibition and a photo exhibition and participate in a talk on the offensive and uprising.-VNA