Party and State leaders moves around the flag-draped coffin of former President Le Duc Anh at the memorial service in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – A memorial service for former President General Le Duc Anh was held at the National Funeral Hall in Hanoi at 10:45 am on May 3, with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivering the eulogy.

Looking back on the former President’s life and revolutionary career, the eulogy noted that General Le Duc Anh, born on December 1, 1920 in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, joined the democratic movement in Thua Thien-Hue when only 17 years old. He became a member of the Indochinese Communist Party (now the Communist Party of Vietnam) in May 1938.

In August 1945, Anh joined the Vietnam People’s Army. During the resistance wars for national liberation and the southwest border defence war, he was always present in the most important and fiercest battlefields. 

As Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of the Southern Command, Commander of Region 9, Deputy Commander of the Ho Chi Minh Campaign and Commander of the southwest wing, Anh personally participated in and directed many major military campaigns such as the 1968 General Offensive and Uprising and the Ho Chi Minh Campaign, which liberated many cities and provinces of strategic importance, creating the impetus for the success of the General Offensive and Uprising of the Spring of 1975, which liberated the entire southern region and reunified the country. 

“General Le Duc Anh is an experienced general, an outstanding commander with strategic vision, skilful tactics and flexible handling of complicated situations,” PM Phuc said in the eulogy.

Phuc went on to say that after the return of peace, Anh was assigned many important tasks by the Party and the State, and in any position, he always devoted all his heart and mind to the revolutionary cause of the Party and the nation.

Together with other Party and State leaders, he had made many important decisions to build the country, initiate the Doi Moi, break the grip of embargo and broaden the country’s external relations. Anh also worked together with the Central Military Commission, the Defence Ministry to build the people’s armed forces and the people-based defence network while promoting the country’s defence and security strength.
 
When holding the Presidency, with his strategic thinking and firm view on the path to socialism, Anh joined hands with other Party and State leaders in designing and directing the implementation of comprehensive Doi Moi policy, which brought about historical achievements in maintaining political stability, promoting socio-economic development, ensuring defence-security, expanding external relations and pushing international integration.
 
“With more than 80 years working for the revolution, General Le Duc Anh has made great contributions to the revolutionary cause of the Party and the nation. His life and career have set a bright example for the people, cadres and soldiers to follow,” the eulogy read.

Following the memorial service, the flag-draped coffin of former President General Le Duc Anh was taken to the Noi Bai international airport to be transported to Ho Chi Minh City, where he will be buried at the city’s Martyrs’ Cemetery.

In the morning of May 3, more than 1,000 delegations paid last respects to the former President at respect-paying ceremonies held simultaneously in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Thua Thien-Hue province.

General Le Duc Anh, who served as President of Vietnam from September 1992 to December 1997, passed away on April 22 at the age of 99.

Vietnam has declared two days of national mourning for him on May 3 and 4.-VNA