The Mekong Delta province of Long An held a solemn memorial and re-burial ceremony on April 30 for martyr Nguyen Thai Binh, who was an anti-war Vietnamese student in the US, at the martyrs cemetery of Can Giuoc district.

Binh was born into a poor family in Can Giuoc district in 1948. In 1968, he received a scholarship to study in the US and became known for his activities in the anti-war movement.

During his time in the US (1968-1972) he wrote a number of articles in US newspapers and magazines, with a famous sentence, “I am a Vietnamese”.

Binh also led a group of Vietnamese students to occupy the consulate of Saigon authorities at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to send statements that condemned American imperialists and demand for the release of many revolutionary soldiers in Vietnam .

At his graduation ceremony at Washington University in 1972, Binh denounced the crimes of American imperialists on Vietnamese people. He was expelled to Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City ) and shot dead on a flight to the city. His body was thrown onto the runway at Tan Son Nhat Airport .

His family buried him in a field in Tan Kim commune, Can Giuoc district.

In 2010, Binh was posthumously bestowed the title Hero of the People’s Armed Forces.-VNA