At the opening ceremony of the exhibition (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - More than 200 documents and objects on President Ho Chi Minh’s role in initiating and organising patriotic emulation movements are on display at an exhibition that opened at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi on June 7.

The exhibition is held on the occasion of the 128th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh (May 19) and 70 years since he called for patriotic emulation (June 11).

The exhibits recall emulation movements between 1945 and 1954, socialism building in the northern region and struggle for liberation in the southern region and national reunification from 1954-1975, and patriotic emulation movements from 1975 until now.

Seven decades ago, in the spring of 1948, the country was struggling as it waged its resistance war against the French. To encourage the nation to contribute to the war, President Ho Chi Minh made an appeal for patriotic emulation on June 11, 1948.

Opening the appeal he wrote: “The purpose of patriotic emulation is to eliminate poverty and hunger and illiteracy and foreign aggressors. It means our entire people have enough rice to eat and clothing to wear. The entire population will know how to read and to write. The soldiers will have enough food and weapons to defeat the foreign aggressors. These are aimed to unite the entire nation. Thus we will have an independent nation, free civil rights and happy welfare of the people."

Seventy years have passed, but the appeal he made in June 1948 as the country fought to defeat the French while building a stable future, always promotes work emulation of every Vietnamese .-VNA